Trump to meet with Google CEO, social media companies later this month

Trump to meet with Google CEO, social media companies later this month
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border MORE is set to meet with Google CEO Sundar Pichai and other technology industry representatives later this month, a top White House official announced Tuesday.

National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow told reporters that a date isn't set for the meeting, but he expects it to be in mid-October. He said he is hopeful that Facebook and Twitter also send representatives for the meeting.

"We're going to have a little conference. The president will preside over it. We will have the big internet companies, the big social media companies, search companies, and some who are dissatisfied with those companies," he said.

Google and Facebook did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Pichai committed to the meeting during a previous meeting with Kudlow last week, the White House official said Tuesday. Kudlow called his meeting with Pichai “constructive” and said the Google CEO was “extremely cooperative.”

The expected gathering of industry officials with Trump would follow a tenuous period in the relationship between technology companies and the White House.

In September, Trump publicly criticized Facebook, Google and Twitter, accusing them of being biased against conservatives and saying that the former two raised a “very antitrust situation.”

“Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others.......” Trump wrote in one tweet on Aug. 18.

“I won’t mention names but when they take certain people off of Twitter or Facebook and they’re making that decision, that is really a dangerous thing because that could be you tomorrow,” Trump later said during an interview with Reuters.

Trump’s attacks followed increasingly critical rhetoric from lawmakers of technology companies.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyMcCarthy brother-in-law under scrutiny for earning federal contracts based on Native American identity claim McCarthy introduces bill to fully fund Trump's border wall On The Money: McCarthy offers bill to fully fund Trump border wall | US to press China on currency in trade talks | Mnuchin plans to go ahead with Saudi trip | How America's urban-rural divide is changing the Dems MORE (R-Calif.) has spearheaded the attacks of big technology companies being biased against conservatives.

McCarthy, along with a group of other House Republicans, met with Pichai last week. McCarthy called the meeting “productive.”

The House Judiciary Committee has said that Pichai has agreed to testify before the panel by the end of the year.