A former ‘The Apprentice’ contestant who first pitched Truth Social to Trump has left the company behind the app, report says

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  • Andy Dean Litinsky, a senior executive at the company behind Truth Social, left months ago, Reuters reports.

  • Litinsky is a former “The Apprentice” contestant who reportedly pitched Truth Social to Donald Trump.

  • The company lost two other senior executives in April, including technology chief Josh Adams.

A company founder behind Donald Trump’s social media app, Truth Social, quietly left the company months ago, Reuters reported on Monday.

Andy Dean Litinsky – who sometimes only passes Andy Dean – appeared as a… contestant on the first season of “The Apprentice” with Trump in 2004, and was hired by Trump in 2006 to run his production company Trump Productions.

The New York Timesthe guardand Reuters reported that Litinsky presented the idea for Truth Social to Trump in January 2021, along with former “The Apprentice” cast member Wes Moss.

A source told The Guardian in April that Litinsky and Moss were the “senior, day-to-day managers” at Trump Media and Technology Group, the company behind Truth Social.

A source told Reuters that Litinsky left “months ago”, but the source did not give a reason why he left or an exact date.

Insider sent a request for comment to Litinsky through his consulting and production company ZideLitinsky Media and did not receive an immediate response.

Litinsky is not alone high-profile departure of TMTG in recent months.

TMTG’s chief of technology Josh Adams and chief of product development Billy Boozer stepped down in April. Reuters reported at the time.

A SPAC called Digital World Acquisition Corp, is currently trying to acquire TMTG. This takeover is being scrutinized by both the Securities and Exchange Commission and a grand jury

TMTG ran into trouble long before it became the subject of regulatory oversight, according to Reuters.

Reuters reported that TMTG found it hard to recruit tech workers to build Truth Socialpartly because the company didn’t hire people with left-wing views and partly because many techies didn’t want to take jobs there.

Reuters also reported that TMTG struggled to find suppliers and the engineering team had to race to get the app ready in time for its Introduction date February

Reuters contacted TMTG for comment on the report and received a statement from Shannon Devine, managing partner at investor relations firm MZ Group.

Devine said the Reuters report contained “false and defamatory statements” and said it contains “misleading claims and omits material facts”.

Devine did not specify which parts of the reports were false and did not respond to a follow-up request for comment, Reuters said.

TMTG did not immediately respond when Insider reached out for comment outside of normal working hours in the US.

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