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Co-founder of Trump's media company details Truth Social's bitter infighting

By Drew Harwell

15 Oct 2022 · 15 min read

Editor's Note

WaPo speaks to an insider of former US President Donald Trump's media empire who has revealed evidence of the internal politics, violation of laws and blatant nepotism.

Will Wilkerson, then an executive at former president Donald Trump's start-up Trump Media & Technology Group, was at a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., coffee shop with company co-founder Andy Litinsky last October when Trump called Litinsky with a question: Would he give up some of his shares to Trump's wife, Melania?

Trump Media, the owner of the fledgling social network Truth Social, had just been boosted by a huge merger agreement and a flood of investment that had made the stake worth millions of dollars. Trump had already been given 90 percent of the company's shares in exchange for the use of his name and some minor involvement, leaving everyone else to split the rest.

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