If you follow Hollywood and fashion, you may have noticed that actor Robert Pattinson has been mentioned on social media several times over the past few days. Now, it seems like the man Apple Inc. once dubbed “The Prince of Wales” is back in the headlines. What’s going on? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s what you need to know about Trump Robert Pattinson tweets.
What Is The Meaning Behind The Trump And Robert Pattinson Hashtags?
The hashtag #TrumpRobertPattinson began trending on Twitter on Feb. 20, about 24 hours after the actor tweeted: “#RobertPattinson has been in Rome for the last two weeks. An amazing city, but he’s been keeping pretty busy there! #RobertPattinsonInRome.”
The tweets were in response to a New York Times piece, which was headlined “In the Footsteps of Michael Collins, the Man Who Led the CIA Raid That Killed Osama Bin Laden,” and written by Thirteen-year CIA veteran Eric S. Girdler. The piece noted that, after 9/11, Robert Pattinson returned to Britain and started “a new life” there. However, as a young man, he had “spent almost every waking hour” working for the U.S. government.
While in Italy, Girdler said that the actor met with a “handful of people,” including a man who used to work for the U.S. Embassy in Rome. The Times piece doesn’t identify the man by name, but he’s widely believed to be Eric S. Girdler, who led the CIA’s Osama Bin Laden unit in Latin America from 2008 to 2010. Mr. Girdler now works as a security consultant, and his clients include the U.S. government and the Central Intelligence Agency.
Why Is Eric S. Girdler The Key Figure?
To understand what’s going on with Trump Robert Pattinson tweets, it helps to know a bit about Mr. Girdler. He took to Twitter on Feb. 21 to deny the New York Times’ report, saying: “What an absolute load of crap. I didn’t meet a single person who even knew who Osama bin Laden was when I was in Italy.”
He then linked to his website, where he says he is “available for speaking engagements,” including a presentation on “The Islamic State and Al Qaeda’s Next Steps,” which is due to be given this month at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Mr. Girdler also tweeted that he didn’t meet with anyone named “Robert Pattinson” in Italy, adding: “I went to Rome to research and write my book, not to have a Twitter fight.”
What’s So Special About Girdler’s Website?
Girdler’s website is very special indeed. In addition to containing a large amount of content about the 9/11 attacks, it also provides a detailed look into his career with the Central Intelligence Agency. It even includes a page with frequently asked questions, such as: “Did you really meet with Osama bin Laden?” and “What was your role in the CIA operation to kill Osama bin Laden?”
Girdler is well-known within the CIA community for operating under the radar for so long. He was one of the agency’s “superstars,” according to the New York Times, and ran a global operation that involved going into foreign countries, such as Afghanistan, and running surveillance operations and preparing attacks, like the one that killed Bin Laden. He did this without getting much credit, because he reportedly worked alone on most of the cases.
Now that he’s come out of retirement, Girdler is using his expertise to help shape the next phase of the war on terror. He recently began working with the FBI to “research and provide analysis on current terror threats,” said his website. Girdler is scheduled to testify before the House Committee on Homeland Security on March 14, regarding the threat of violent extremism in the U.S. and abroad. He also has a private practice focused on national security cases, and does work-related speaking engagements.
The Timing Is Strange
There’s also the matter of the timing. Girdler is denying that he met with anyone named “Robert Pattinson” in Italy, yet the tweet that kicked off this whole controversy was posted by the actor two weeks ago.
In the two weeks since then, Girdler has found himself in the center of a storm, with the trending topic #TrumpRobertPattinson on Twitter and news outlets like The New York Times and The Guardian digging into the matter. In the meantime, the normally reclusive Mr. Pattinson has been tweeting frequently about his latest film, The Lost City of Z, which premiered in cinemas last week. He also has a role in the upcoming X-Men film, Apocalypse, due out next year.
This is all very strange. To add to the speculation, on Feb. 21, Girdler tweeted: “Just got back from the #RomeFF. Great to see @robertpattinson there, as well.”
The following day, he wrote: “If you think that’s strange, consider this: I’m in the middle of a book tour for my #RobertPattinson bio, which will be released in a few weeks. I’m already in Australia and will be going to the U.K. and New York City in the next few days. So, sometimes, the best thing to do is just laugh it off as strange coincidence.”
Is This All There Is To The Story?
As noted, the last few days have seen a veritable Twitter storm between Mr. Pattinson and Girdler. However, that’s not to say that there isn’t more to the story. Reporters from The New York Times and The Guardian have been digging into the matter, and on Feb. 22 the two publications came together to put out a comprehensive report, which includes not only Girdler’s story, but also interviews with other people who knew him back in his CIA days. According to the report, while Girdler was in Italy, he visited St. Peter’s Square and approached a man named Christian Occhiuzzo, who worked for the U.S. Embassy in Rome at the time. Occhiuzzo told the reporters that Girdler approached him in the middle of the square and asked for help finding Saudi Arabia. Occhiuzzo said he told Girdler that he couldn’t help, but that the actor should try the Saudi Consul General in Milan, or the Italian Embassy in Riyadh.
Reporters also caught up with Girdler in the square, and he confirmed Occhiuzzo’s account. He added that he tried to help a man named “Robert Pattinson”—whom he had never met before—locate a location in Italy, but wasn’t sure if that was the man’s real name.
Who Is Robert Pattinson?
Who is Robert Pattinson? We know that his name is Robert Pattinson, and that he was born in England in 1980. In terms of his acting career, he first came to our attention as Michael Jackson’s son, Prince Michael. Then, he went on to star in the films Good, Twilight, and Snow White and the Huntsman. Most recently, we saw him in the widely acclaimed indie film The Lost City of Z, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film was followed by a popular Broadway play, The Rum Diary, which premiered in December and was later nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Play.
While most people know of Mr. Pattinson from his acting career, he has a secret life that most people don’t know about. He is also a keen photographer and was named one of the “world’s most influential photographers” by Lenscore. In addition, he is often praised for his artistic vision and unique approach to photography. Many publications have also named him “the most eligible bachelor in Hollywood.”
When it comes to style, Mr. Pattinson has been hailed for being “cool, sophisticated, and hip” thanks to campaigns with high-profile designers like Marc Jacobs, who has named him a “man of style.” More recently, he has been seen wearing looks by Burberry, Prada, and J.M. WESTON. In fact, he once wore a tie designed by Rudolf NABEL to a Golden Globes party and was named one of “the 50 most eligible bachelors in Hollywood.”