President Donald Trump’s social media summit turned into a raucous political rally with conservative pundits cheering on the president as he complained about “fake news” and what he called Silicon Valley’s anti-conservative media bias.
The summit took place as Mr. Trump is gearing up for his re-election bid, which will depend heavily on right-wing media to amplify his complaints about traditional news coverage of his administration.
After tweeting earlier in the day about the “tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies,” Mr. Trump congratulated the right-wing social media stars gathered at the White House for their creativity. “Some of the crap you think of is unbelievable, unbelievable,” Mr. Trump said to laughter and applause.
Among his reported guests was James O’Keefe of Project Veritas, which secretly recorded and heavily edited video of Google employees allegedly discussing anti-conservative bias.
Mr. Trump also said he would direct federal agencies to review “all regulatory and legislative solutions to protect free speech.”