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Under the cover of journalists and other social media guests, Gorka called Karem "punk" and accused the journalist of threatening him while the two words were exchanged. Conservative figures have launched a song of "Gorka!" as they filmed the meeting.
GRAPHIC WARNING – Former White House collaborator Sebastian Gorka chats with the media, accusing the journalist of "threatening" him in the Rose Garden, after Trump abandoned the question of citizenship for the census at a public meeting. press conference pic.twitter.com/91zNJD8gkj
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Gorka then spoke to reporters nearby and asked why he was blocking so many people on Twitter.
"I block whoever I want, I block 16,000 people," he told Steve Herman of Voice of America. "Because they are idiots, that's why."
After the @POTUS statement, I asked @SebGorka (former assistant deputy @POTUS) in the @White House Rose Garden explains why he blocks so many journalists (including myself) on Twitter, while he insists that internet users are not blocked. Here is what happened. pic.twitter.com/ujpztNDncb
– Steve Herman (@ W7VOA) July 11, 2019
A few people in the crowd arrested members of the press who stood behind a rope at the back of the rose garden. Trump answered questions from his supporters at the Social Media Summit, but did not respond to questions from the accredited press at the Rose Garden event.
Joy Villa, a vocal supporter of Trump, spoke to the press at one point and encouraged her to "stop reporting false news".
"How many reviewers do you have?" Karem asked.
"We do not need that, we just have our voice," said Villa, wearing a dress with an American flag on the theme that said "FREEDOM" at the bottom.
"It's not journalism," Karem replied, as both pursued the exchange of views.
Images of the exchanges between Gorka, Villa and Karem quickly circulated on social media.
– Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 11, 2019
At Thursday's summit on social media, Trump complained of "terrible partiality" and censorship in front of a crowd of about 200 conservative personalities.
The president spent much of his speech bragging about his own prolific social networks, while claiming that Twitter had removed it. Social media companies have insisted that political views do not play a role in enforcing their policies.
The president announced that he would convene a business meeting at the White House next week, fearing that they would systematically censor right-wing prospects.