5:47 AM ET Wed, 6 Oct 2018 14:47:19 A White House official said President Donald Trump’s Twitter account on Wednesday night had been temporarily disabled, after a post about “fake news” on the White House website sparked a firestorm of criticism.
Trump had posted a tweet on the day of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, calling the media the “enemy of the American people.”
The White House has not confirmed that tweet.
The official said that the president would remain on vacation and was using the Twitter account to address “fake” news.
The administration has not commented on Trump’s tweet.
A White Star Line plane, carrying Trump and first lady Melania Trump, was forced to make an emergency landing in Washington, D.C., after a passenger on board said the president had not yet tweeted about the shooting.
The White Star plane was on its way to San Francisco when the passenger was asked to remove his coat and asked to leave, the official said.
The passengers on board were identified as Robert and Barbara Johnson, and were not immediately identified.
The flight was delayed and the president was not on board.
The tweet was deleted shortly after it was posted, the administration official said, adding that the White Star line is not an official government airline.
“We’re investigating,” the official told CNN.
“I don’t know the full details, but we have a couple of passengers who were on board.”
The tweet on Wednesday evening had been posted by the president’s deputy chief of staff, Katie Walsh.
Walsh has been suspended from her role as deputy chief for her involvement in the president and the White Sox.
The New York Times reported that the tweet appeared to be a response to the president tweeting about the San Bernardino shooting on Twitter on Thursday.
“Fake news is the enemy of the people,” Trump wrote in the tweet, which was later deleted.
The President is in New York for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The president has long called the media “the enemy of Americans.”
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Walsh was suspended in January.
The Trump administration has denied that the tweets were directed at Walsh, saying she was “an employee” of the White Knight Group.
The Associated Press reported on Thursday that Walsh is one of a number of staffers whose Twitter accounts have been suspended by the White, Knight, and White House.
The suspension comes as the president continues to defend himself from the controversy over his use of Twitter to criticize the press.
He has been criticized for the use of social media to attack journalists and accused a former Fox News reporter of “fake journalism” for reporting that a White House source had told him that the first lady was considering running for president.
The Twitter controversy came after a report on Wednesday by CNN revealed that Walsh, who served as a White,Knight, and National Security Council official under President Donald Trumps predecessor, Barack Obama, had been suspended and reassigned as a result of a “private” email account she used to conduct government business.
Walsh, the senior policy adviser to Trump, also used the private email account to conduct official business, the report said.
“The White House is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding Ms. Walsh’s suspension, which has been deemed by the President to be an appropriate action in the context of the President’s responsibilities as Commander-in-Chief,” White House spokeswoman Lauren Ehrsam said in a statement.
The CNN report also detailed the extent to which Trump and other senior White House officials had attempted to undermine the investigation into the shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernadino, California.
“While we appreciate the efforts of the FBI and the FBI are still working on the details, we believe it is time to move forward and move on,” Ehrsar said.
Trump tweeted Wednesday evening that the media is the “oppressor of the Americans” and that “the fake news media are working overtime to keep the people in the dark.”
He added, “You will see the real @nytimes and @washingtonpost come out of the woodwork!”
The tweet came just days after Walsh tweeted that Trump is “just as guilty as the terrorists,” referring to the Islamic State group.
Walsh did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.