We all know how much Trump loves to tweet, but the social media company has fallen out of his favor over an emoji, according to recent reports.
Politico reported on Wednesday (citing an unnamed source) that Trump refused to invite Twitter to a tech summit because the company wouldn't approve a #CrookedHillary emoji during the campaign.
Trump adviser Sean Spicer denied these claims and told MSNBC that "the conference table was only so big"—an interesting choice of priorities, considering the president-elect's affinity for the platform. However, Politico's anonymous source "close to the situation" told the publication that Trump's bouncing of Twitter stemmed from CEO Jack Dorsey's rejection of an anti-Clinton emoji.
The meeting included Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Apple's Tim Cook, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, and Tesla's Elon Musk, among others. The absence of a Twitter representative seems glaring considering the role the president-elect's own account arguably made in his election.
"We had an 'upfront deal' with Twitter, which is a common setup where we commit to spending a certain amount on advertising and in exchange receive discounts, perks, and custom solutions," Trump's campaign director of digital advertising and fundraising Gary Coby wrote last month.
However, their $5 million deal wasn't enough for Dorsey to allow the #CrookedHillary emoji, which would have depicted either a figure running away with money or a hand holding a bag of money.
Though Politico's source reportedly said Spicer was the one who refused to invite a Twitter representative due to #EmojiGate, Spicer told MSNBC:
"The conference table was only so big. There was a lot of companies and if you go down the list of the top tech companies, I guarantee you you'll find additional ones that weren't there."
Well, either way, the whole thing probably won't stop Trump from tweeting.
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