White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced to reporters on Wednesday that President Donald Trump will be signing an “executive order” pertaining to social media on Thursday.
McEnany made the remark to reporters aboard Air Force One, traveling with Trump to Washington from Florida a day after Twitter Inc attached a warning to some of his tweets prompting readers to fact-check the president’s claims.
“On the flight back to Washington, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters President Trump is going to sign some kind of executive order on social media,” CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins tweeted.
“No further details appear to have been offered, but it comes after he lashed out over fact checks on his tweets,” she added.
On the flight back to Washington, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters President Trump is going to sign some kind of executive order on social media. No further details appear to have been offered, but it comes after he lashed out over fact checks on his tweets.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 27, 2020
On the flight back from Florida, WH press secretary told reporters on Air Force One Trump plans to sign an executive order aimed at social media companies. WH says the exec order will be signed Thursday.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 27, 2020
NEWS: On the flight back to Washington, WH Press Sec Kayleigh McEnany came back just before landing to say that Pres Trump is signing an executive order today “pertaining to social media” but had no details on what it would do, per WH pool.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) May 27, 2020
President Trump on Wednesday morning threatened to “close” down social media companies one day after Twitter fact-checked a pair of the president’s tweets on mail-in voting.
“Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016.”
“We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that happen again,” he added. “Just like we can’t let large scale Mail-In Ballots take root in our Country. It would be a free for all on cheating, forgery and the theft of Ballots. Whoever cheated the most would win. Likewise, Social Media. Clean up your act, NOW!!!!”
The president’s comments come a day after he accused Twitter of “stifling FREE SPEECH.”
The move by Twitter to fact-check the president was a first for the platform.
The platform on Tuesday placed warnings noting that the president’s claim that California would send mail-in ballots to anyone living in the state was false. Twitter, in its fact-check, also pointed out that Trump himself voted by mail in the Florida Republican presidential primary this year.