"Dear Twitter employee who shut down Trump's Twitter: You made America feel better for 11 minutes", wrote U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, a California Democrat who offered to buy the unidentified employee a Pizza Hut pizza.
The outspoken president has 41.7 million followers on his personal Twitter account, which he uses to blast controversial and attention-grabbing comments. Twitter was quick to blame the incident on "human error". We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again,"the company said in a tweet".
Twitter said that a disgruntled employee removed the president's account as they left on their last day.
The Twitterverse was Trump-free for several minutes, and the internet exploded with various kinds of reactions to what happened.
Trump did not react on Twitter to the temporary removal of his account until almost 12 hours later.
Visitors to @realDonaldTrump expecting to find his latest missives around 3:55 p.m. PT were instead greeted with a message that the page didn't exist.
Trump has used the account since March 2009. "We are conducting a full internal review", Twitter said in a tweet.
Mr Trump's Twitter output has always been a source of controversy, especially since his entry into politics.
The earlier incident followed months of criticism directed at Twitter for how it handles the president's account.
Trump responded to the outage Friday in the most Trumpian fashion.
Jaffer said Friday that "love it or hate it, the account has become an important source of news and information about the government" and Trump's tweets "often shed light on official decisions and policies - and even when they don't, they shed light on the temperament, character, and motives of the person most responsible for them".
Roger Stone, a longtime associate of Trump, was suspended by Twitter on Saturday after lashing out at CNN anchor Don Lemon. As for Trump, he's back to tweeting and hasn't missed a beat since the account went down.
In 2013, hackers took control of the main account for the Associated Press and tweeted that explosions at the White House had injured then-President Barack Obama, causing stocks to briefly plunge. Recently, for instance, North Korea said that it considered one of his tweets - which said that the North Korean leadership "won't be around much longer - a "declaration of war" and that as such it could start shooting down USA bombers".