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US State Department website says Trump's term ends today in 'prank'

The official website for the U.S. State Department says that the terms of President Donald J. Trump and Michael R. Pence end Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (Image:

UPDATE: The State Department website now says it is experiencing technical difficulties and the biography pages are no longer viewable. Associated Press reports The State Department is investigating what appears to be a “prank.”

The official website of the U.S. State Department stated that President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence would end their terms Monday.

In the biographies section of the website the listing for Trump reads, "JANUARY 20, 2017 - PRESENT" but below that, it states, "Donald J. Trump's term ended on 2021-01-11 19:39:22."

If the time is noted as 19:39:22 is correct, the notice was posted hours before it was to take effect. In military time, 19:39 is 7:39 p.m., or 5:39 p.m. Mountain Time, 4:39 p.m. PT. Even though what is presumed to be the time is listed in the future, it uses the past tense "ended" as though it has already happened.

The Michael R. Pence biography page states that his term ends four minutes later at 19:43, or 7:43 p.m.

The State Department has not responded to a request for a comment by way of the National Desk.

Associated Press reports: "two people familiar with the incident say the department is investigating exactly how it happened. While the department hasn’t ruled out the prospect that the entry was the work of a disgruntled employee, they have yet to reach any conclusions. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly."

There are calls for Trump to resign, including two Republican senators. Democrats say the House will consider the impeachment of Trump Wednesday.