Here’s why the US State Department website says Donald Trump’s ‘term ended’ on 11 January

In yet another apparent case of giving (perhaps) too much power to a single person, an unnamed US State Department employee is being blamed for the agency website displaying text indicating US President Donald Trump was no longer in office as of 11 January.


Buzzfeed’s Christopher Miller appears to be the first to report the US State Department’s website made changes to the president’s page stating “Donald J. Trump’s term ended on 2020-12-17 11:04:57.”

The timestamp (2020-12-17 11:04:57 above) appears to change over various cached versions with many (including the one in Miller’s tweet) showing 11 January as the date instead of 12 January.