President Donald Trump on Thursday morning launched into a multi-subject Twitter tear ahead of the White House’s planned social media summit, firing off more than a dozen posts that included swipes at his re-election rivals and reporting on his finances.
“The White House will be hosting a very big and very important Social Media Summit today. Would I have become President without Social Media? Yes (probably)!” Trump wrote online, announcing a previously unscheduled news conference to follow the meeting of conservative online personalities.
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The president went on to criticize “the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain” social media companies, and warned that “we will not let them get away with it much longer.”
“The Fake News is not as important, or as powerful, as Social Media. They have lost tremendous credibility since that day in November, 2016, that I came down the escalator with the person who was to become your future First Lady,” Trump continued, appearing to confuse the date of his election two-and-a-half years ago with the June, 2015, announcement of his first presidential campaign, where he famously descended a Trump Tower escalator.
“When I ultimately leave office in six … years, or maybe 10 or 14 (just kidding), they will quickly go out of business for lack of credibility, or approval, from the public,” Trump tweeted. “That’s why they will all be Endorsing me at some point, one way or the other.”
He added: “Could you imagine having Sleepy Joe Biden, or @AlfredENeuman99, … or a very nervous and skinny version of Pocahontas (1000/24th), as your President, rather than what you have now, so great looking and smart, a true Stable Genius!”
Trump, who last referred to himself as an “extremely stable genius” in May, has previously deployed those nicknames to mock Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren, respectively.
Trump also defended his relationship with controversial German lender Deutsche Bank and his past financial practices, writing: “The Fake News Media loves the narrative that I didn’t use many banks because the banks didn’t like me. No, I didn’t use many banks because I didn’t (don’t) need their money (old fashioned, isn’t it?). If I did, it would have been very easy for me to get.”
The New York Times previously reported that while many Wall Street banks had ceased their lending to Trump following several defaults, Deutsche Bank lent him and his companies billions of dollars.
“And remember, a bank that I did use years ago, the now badly written about and maligned Deutsche Bank, was then one of the largest and most prestigious banks in the world!” Trump tweeted. “They wanted my business, and so did many others!”