America has woken up this morning to news that all White House business will be suspended while IT support resolve what has been described as a minor fault with Donald Trump's twitter account.
The President made a brief statement using the emergency broadcast system, which is usually reserved for national emergencies like the end of civilisation or a diplomatic visit from Boris Johnson.
"My fellow Americans. Following an upgrade to Android Pie on my phone, enemies of this great country, probably the British, bad sad people, have taken out my Twitter account in what can only be a preemptive strike against me.
I therefore call a state of national emergency and will cease all government business until my phone is fixed."
The head of the NSA's IT department, Stuart Weinberg, commented on the incident saying,
"We first noted the presidential twitter account was down at 03:00am. The president usually likes to troll senior democrats at this time, but the last tweets on his feed were the ones live tweeted to misrepresent the House Intelligence Committee hearing on the alleged wiretapping of Trump Tower earlier in the day.
At 3:04am we initiated emergency protocol Bluebird Down."
Pressed by journalists for the suspected cause of the outage Mr Weinberg added,
"We believe the fault is with the chair to keyboard interface as we have been seeing increased 'ID 10T' error messages since last November"