Trump teases social media summit before veering into attacks on press, Democratic challengers

Trump teases social media summit before veering into attacks on press, Democratic challengers
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE said early Thursday that a White House social media summit later in the day will focus on "dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression" before veering off into attacks on the press and his Democratic opponents.

“The White House will be hosting a very big and very important Social Media Summit today," he wrote in an initial tweet.

"Would I have become President without Social Media?" he asked. "Yes (probably)!” 

Trump then blasted "certain companies," saying the summit will focus on "tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression." 

Trump also said that news organizations are "not as important, or as powerful, as Social Media" and predicted that they will "go out of business" after he leaves office. 

He also predicted news outlets will endorse him in the 2020 presidential election over former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris faces pressure to define policy proposals Biden campaign rips 'Medicare for All,' calls on Dems to protect Affordable Care Act Harris voices support for Puerto Rico protesters: 'I stand with them' MORE, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHarris faces pressure to define policy proposals Harris voices support for Puerto Rico protesters: 'I stand with them' Democrats slam Puerto Rico governor over 'shameful' comments, back protesters MORE (D-Mass.), using his nicknames for the candidates. 

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The White House announced the social media summit late last month. Although the Trump administration has not made public which media companies will be attending the event, Twitter and Facebook were reportedly not invited after Trump’s repeated attacks on the platforms over alleged anti-conservative bias.

Earlier this year, Trump met with Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to talk about “political fairness.” 

"Just met with @SundarPichai, President of @Google, who is obviously doing quite well. He stated strongly that he is totally committed to the U.S. Military, not the Chinese Military," Trump tweeted in March.

"Also discussed political fairness and various things that @Google can do for our Country. Meeting ended very well!" 

“Great meeting this afternoon at the @WhiteHouse with @Jack from @Twitter. Lots of subjects discussed regarding their platform, and the world of social media in general. Look forward to keeping an open dialogue!” Trump tweeted in April.

The president in his initial Thursday tweet also announced that he will hold a news conference on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census after the social media summit.

A second federal judge rejected the Justice Department’s request to swap attorneys on its legal team Wednesday, following the Supreme Court’s ruling against the department’s stated reason for including the question.