“The tweet basically read that walls absolutely are an important part of a multi-layer strategy that assist the men and women of CBP to apprehend criminals. That’s what my tweet said. And Twitter took the tweet down,” said Morgan, the senior official performing the duties of the commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection.
Morgan was speaking Thursday morning alongside acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and other Department of Homeland Security officials near the US-Mexico border in Texas to promote nearly 400 miles of wall construction.
He said the tweet was “intended to emphasize that border security is national security” and was similar to hundreds of tweets he has posted in the past couple of years.
“With all due respect, Twitter, your locking my account doesn’t pass the BS test,” he added. “They may have locked my Twitter account, but they’re not going to lock my voice.”
Morgan was referring to his official government Twitter account, according to a CBP spokesperson. Morgan tweeted Thursday afternoon that access to his account has been restored, adding that “censorship should outrage every American.”
Asked by CNN about Morgan’s claim that his account was locked, a Twitter spokesperson said the company “took enforcement action on the Tweet you referenced, but the decision was reversed following an appeal by the account owner and further evaluation from our team.”
On Thursday afternoon, a message appeared on Morgan’s account that said, “This Tweet is no longer available.” When pressed on why the tweet was removed, the Twitter spokesperson told CNN, “Our teams review Tweets and accounts based on reports we receive from people on Twitter around the globe.”
Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, first raised the issue on Wednesday night in a series of tweets.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who angrily went after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey at the hearing, tweeted about Morgan’s account Thursday.
“Twitter censorship continues,” he wrote.