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Website fail ends Trump term early

Political reporters across the US were left baffled after a government website stated Donald Trump’s presidential term had ended. The US Department of State biographies for Mr Trump and Deputy President Mike Pence were both changed on Monday to say they ended that night.“Donald J. Trump’s term ended on 2021-01-11 19:49:00.” Mr Trump’s page read.Mr…

Political reporters across the US were left baffled after a government website stated Donald Trump’s presidential term had ended.

The US Department of State biographies for Mr Trump and Deputy President Mike Pence were both changed on Monday to say they ended that night.

“Donald J. Trump’s term ended on 2021-01-11 19:49:00.” Mr Trump’s page read.

Mr Pence’s stated: “Michael R. Pence’s term ended on 2021-01-11 19:44.18.”

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The biographies were otherwise blank.

They were removed and replaced with a 404 error reading: “We’re sorry, this site is currently experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again in a few moments.”

The state.gov page tells users it as “an official website of the United States government”.

Before the correction, NBC News political reporter Allan Smith posted on Twitter: “Weird.”

White House reporter Andrew Feinberg said: “This is … interesting.”

Prominent public health scientist Eric Feigl-Ding added: “It’s a legit dot gov site.”

Two serving diplomats have told Buzzfeed News a “disgruntled employee” at the State Department made the changes.

The federal government department is responsible for America’s foreign policy and international relations.

Two people speaking on condition of anonymity told the Associated Press the department is investigating and hasn’t ruled out the “prank” entry being made by a worker, however they are yet to reach any conclusions.

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President-elect Joe Biden is due to be sworn in at midday on January 20 however, Mr Trump is facing a second impeachment.

He is under growing pressure to resign after his supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, trashing a session of Congress formally certifying Mr Biden’s win.

Five people died including US Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick and a homicide investigation has since been opened into his death.

Congressional Democrats formally introduced a single article of impeachment on Monday accusing Mr Trump of inciting an insurrection.

The House is now scheduled to vote on Tuesday night on the demand for Mr Pence to invoke the Constitution’s 25th Amendment and remove Mr Trump as unfit for office.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi will give him 24 hours to respond.

After that, Democrats would move forward with an impeachment vote, she said.

Meanwhile, in his final week, Mr Trump plans to travel to Texas on Tuesday to mark the completion of 400 miles (643 kilometres) of US-Mexico border wall.

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