Elon Musk's X to Host Donald Trump in Town Hall Session

By Jose Resurreccion

May 31, 2024 09:43 PM EDT

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X, the Elon Musk-owned social media platform formerly known as Twitter, will hold a town hall meeting with former US President Donald Trump

The New York Post reported that Trump would make a return to the platform three years after he was suspended from the site in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 riots in 2021, with the announcement made a day after he was found guilty in connection with a hush-money payment to former porn star Stormy Daniels, as well as 34 felony charges regarding falsification of false records. 

The town hall came as several reports, such as from Bloomberg, indicated that Trump and Musk have grown closer in recent months, including Musk's explicit displeasure with Biden and Trump's talks with Musk over multiple issues, including cryptocurrency and a possible advisory role for Musk should Trump win the White House race in November.

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Trump, RFK Jr. Accept X Invitation; Biden Declines

The site also said that Trump, slated to become the Republican nominee for president, would answer submitted questions during the livestream event, which would also be broadcast on the cable news channel NewsNation. 

Aside from Trump, X would host independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in a similar town hall. 

On the other hand, the Wall Street Journal reported that US President Joe Biden declined X's invitation. 

X-NewsNation Deal to Jointly Broadcast Stream Town Halls

The town halls would have moderators with the final say over which of the questions submitted by X users would be asked to the candidates. 

The date, location, and moderators for the town halls have yet to be announced, but Axios reported that at least one NewsNation host and other journalists would be among the moderators involved.

Axios added that X CEO Linda Yaccarino pitched the town hall concept to Nexstar Media Group, which was her way of making the site the destination for everyday people to participate in the political process.

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