Trump news: President folds over citizenship census question after hosting right-wing extremists and conservative influencers

Donald Trump hosted a White House Social Media Summit on Thursday, where the controversial guest list included alt-right meme creators and a QAnon conspiracy theorist but no representatives from either Facebook or Twitter , after lavishing praise on himself as “great looking and smart”.

In the run-up to the event, the president retweeted a post by far-right columnist Katie Hopkins in praise of “Right Minded” world leaders like probable future British PM Boris Johnson, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil and Hungary’s Viktor Orban.

Mr Trump has meanwhile found himself the victim of online ridicule after saying that the kidney “has a very special place in the heart” after signing an executive order directing his administration to develop policies addressing kidney-related health issues among Americans.

The president capped his day off by backing down from his 2020 Census demands, instead pursuing other avenues for collecting citizenship information after the Supreme Court blocked his census efforts.

The American Community Survey, which polls 3.5 million US households every year, already includes questions about respondents’ citizenship, so it is unclear what Mr Trump has in mind.

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A Proud Boy shouts across the police line at anti-Trump protesters outside the president’s campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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A Trump supporter poses for a photo at the president’s 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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A Proud Boy jeers at anti-Trump protesters who are separated from the president’s supporters by a police line outside the president’s campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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A man dressed as Uncle Sam poses at President Trump’s 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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An anti-Trump protester faces off against a supporter outside the president’s campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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Members of the Proud Boys, a fascist group, jeer at anti-Trump protesters outside of the president’s 2020 campaign launch

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A child holds a 2020 US “dollar bill” that features Donald Trump’s face at the president’s 2020 campaign launch

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Anti-Trump protesters rally outside the president’s 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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An anti-Trump protester calls for the president to be impeached outside the launch event for his 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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A member of the Proud Boys, a fascist group, holds a sign up outside of the president’s 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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Protesters hold baby Trump balloons in the rally outside of the president’s 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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Members of the Proud Boys, a fascist group, jeer at anti-Trump protesters outside of the president’s 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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A supporter dressed as Uncle Sam poses at Uncle Sam

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A baby blimp rears its head amidst a group of anti-Trump protesters outside the president’t campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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President Trump addresses supporters at the launch event of his 2020 election campaign in Orlando, Florida

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Proud Boys have adopted Fred Perry polo shirts as their uniform and many members have the name of the group tattooed on their arms

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A line of police officers separate opposing groups of protesters outside the launch of President Trump’s 2020 campaign launch

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A protester hits a Trump punching bag during a protest outside Trump’s 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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Twin Trump supporters pose for a photo at the president’s 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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A protester dressed as a caricature of Donald Trump stands outside the president’s 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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A Trump supporter faces off against a protester outside the president’s campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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A Proud Boy shouts across the police line at anti-Trump protesters outside the president’s campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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A Trump supporter poses for a photo at the president’s 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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A Proud Boy jeers at anti-Trump protesters who are separated from the president’s supporters by a police line outside the president’s campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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A man dressed as Uncle Sam poses at President Trump’s 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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An anti-Trump protester faces off against a supporter outside the president’s campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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Members of the Proud Boys, a fascist group, jeer at anti-Trump protesters outside of the president’s 2020 campaign launch

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A child holds a 2020 US “dollar bill” that features Donald Trump’s face at the president’s 2020 campaign launch

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Anti-Trump protesters rally outside the president’s 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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Anti-Trump protesters rally outside the president’s 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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Numerous baby Trump balloons are raised in protests outside of the president’s 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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A supporter wears a T-shirt depicting Trump as a hero at the president’s 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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President Trump addresses supporters at the launch event of his 2020 election campaign in the Amway Centre in Orlando, Florida

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An anti-Trump protester calls for the president to be impeached outside the launch event for his 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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Supporters of Donald Trump face off against protesters outside of the president’s 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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A baby blimp rises behind a group of anti-Trump protesters outside the president’s campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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A supporter dressed as Uncle Sam poses at President Trump’s 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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A member of the Proud Boys, a fascist group, holds a sign up outside of the president’s 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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A supporter bears a Trump flag at the president’s 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida

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But Mr Trump appeared to preview his remarks at a White House social media summit, where he complained about being told: ”‘Sir, you can’t ask that question … because the courts said you can’t.’”

Describing the situation as “the craziest thing,” he went on to contend that surveyors can ask residents how many toilets they have and, “What’s their roof made of? The only thing we can’t ask is, ‘Are you a citizen of the United States?’”

“I think we have a solution that will be very good for a lot of people,” he added.

Mr Trump had said last week that he was “very seriously” considering an executive order to try to force the citizenship question’s inclusion, despite the fact that the government has already begun the lengthy and expensive process of printing the census questionnaire without it.

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Source : The Independent

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