Trump Called Twitter CEO to the Oval Office Because He Was Upset About Losing Followers
The meeting came after Trump slammed Twitter for being "very discriminatory" against Republicans
President Trump sat down for a meeting with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Tuesday, just hours after accusing the company of playing “political games” and messing with his follower count.
Trump welcomed Dorsey to the Oval Office and shared a positive message and photo of the chat to Twitter.
“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,” the president wrote. “Look forward to keeping an open dialogue!”
Dorsey then replied, “Thank you for the time. Twitter is here to serve the entire public conversation, and we intend to make it healthier and more civil. Thanks for the discussion about that.”
The Washington Post reports that Trump’s meeting with Dorsey focused mainly on his gripe that Twitter had “quietly and deliberately” removed some of his followers. The president also reportedly told Dorsey that he’d heard similar complaints from fellow conservatives.
In response, Dorsey explained Twitter was taking steps to scrub the site of fraudulent and spam accounts, according to Reuters.
White House counselor KellyAnne Conway told the press, according to pool reports, that Dorsey and the president “had a very productive conversation about keeping the media platforms open for 2020.”
Continued Conway, “The president is very concerned about what he sees as losing followers or people being blocked for certain actions. That’s obvious.”
The president’s optimistic tweet following the meeting was a far cry from Trump’s earlier comments about the social media platform, which kicked off with him quoting Fox Business guest Daniel Ives saying he was the “best thing” to ever happen to Twitter.
“So true, but they don’t treat me well as a Republican. Very discriminatory, hard for people to sign on. Constantly taking people off list. Big complaints from many people. Different names-over 100 M….”
He continued, “….But should be much higher than that if Twitter wasn’t playing their political games. No wonder Congress wants to get involved – and they should. Must be more, and fairer, companies to get out the WORD!”
Trump currently has 59.9 million followers on the platform, and while it’s unclear just which “different names” he was referring to, former President Barack Obama, by comparison, has 106 million.
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“Jack had a constructive meeting with the President of the United States today at the president’s invitation. They discussed Twitter’s commitment to protecting the health of the public conversation ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections and efforts underway to respond to the opioid crisis,” a Twitter spokesperson told NBC News.
The New York Times reported in July that Trump lost 307,606 followers as part of a “purge” meant to crack down on fake accounts.
Trump’s complaints that Twitter is biased against him and fellow Republicans is nothing new; he tweeted last month that Twitter, along with Facebook and Google, is “sooo on the side of the Radical Left Democrats.”
He also wrote in December of last year, “Facebook, Twitter and Google are so biased toward the Dems it is ridiculous! Twitter, in fact, has made it much more difficult for people to join @realDonaldTrump. They have removed many names & greatly slowed the level and speed of increase. They have acknowledged-done NOTHING!”