Trump has no intention to rejoin Twitter

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Former president Donald Trump says he has no intention of rejoining Twitter even if his account is reinstated following Elon Musk's agreement to buy the social media giant for roughly $US44 billion (A$61 billion).

Trump told Fox News he would instead focus on his own platform, Truth Social, which has been mired in problems since its launch earlier this year.

"I am not going on Twitter. I am going to stay on Truth," Trump was quoted telling the network on Monday.

"I hope Elon buys Twitter because he'll make improvements to it and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on Truth."

Trump was barred from social media platforms after the deadly January 6, 2021, insurrection, with Twitter citing the "risk of further incitement of violence".

The decision denied him the megaphone he had used to generate media attention and speak directly to his followers, which had been integral to his political rise.

Musk, the world's wealthiest person and a self-described free-speech absolutist, had said he wanted to buy and privatise Twitter because he believed it was not living up to its potential as a free-speech platform.

It raised questions about whether he might reinstate Trump's account as the former president lays the groundwork for another White House run in 2024.

Trump has continued to spread lies about his 2020 election defeat in speeches and statements since leaving office, and it is unclear how Musk would approach those statements if Trump were to return to the site.

On Monday, Trump said he welcomed Musk's purchase and told Fox News he did not see Twitter as his own product's competition.

"Truth Social will be a voice for me," he said. "And that's something nobody else can get."

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