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 TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest 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 BidenJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul Buttigieg2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest Pelosi wants to change law to allow a sitting president to be indicted 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.