President Donald Trump boasted Monday that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told him at dinner he is “number one” on the global social media platform.
“I had dinner with Mark Zuckerberg the other day and he said ‘I’d like to congratulate you… you are number one on Facebook,'” Trump said.
The president, speaking in a live interview with right-wing radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, did not specify when the dinner happened.
A spokesman for Facebook said the last such dinner took place in October.
The president noted the importance of social media to his messaging, which depends on bypassing much of the professional news media, which he accuses of bias against him.
Trump, who has nearly 70 million followers on Twitter, told Limbaugh that without the platform, “I think we’d be lost.”
“We wouldn’t be able to get the truth out,” he said.
US social media platforms have come under criticism for enabling misinformation and fake news in the build-up to the 2020 presidential election.
Trump himself has repeatedly used Facebook and Twitter to push untrue statements and conspiracy theories.
Both those platforms have responded by saying they will not attempt to weed out lies from politicians because their statements fall under the category of “newsworthy” content.
Trump is number one on Facebook in terms of political ad spending, leading to accusations that the company is unduly influenced by the Republican.
At the October dinner at the White House, Trump and Zuckerberg were reportedly joined by Facebook board member Peter Thiel.
After, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren called for transparency over Facebook’s links to Trump.
“What did they talk about?” Warren tweeted.
Trump is in a ‘fight-or-flight state’ over coronavirus: ‘Art of the Deal’ co-author
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "The Beat," Trump biographer and "Art of the Deal" co-author Tony Schwartz laid out the president's state of mind over the coronavirus crisis.
"Let's understand Trump," said Schwartz. "Trump is the chief energy officer of this land. So, in other words, his energy has a disproportionate impact on all our energy. And he already raised the anxiety of people over the last four years considerably. He'll exploit fear if he thinks that serves him, or deny fear if he thinks that serves him."
"That's an important point," said host Ari Melber. "You're arguing, as someone who worked with him, that while we just heard about a public interest approach, you're saying you don't see him using public interest?"
‘No time for being patronized,’ say youth climate leaders as UK cops warn parents over Fridays for Future protest
"Young people should not be underestimated—we have a voice and we are strong."
Youth organizers of a Friday climate protest in Bristol, United Kingdom said they have "no time for being patronized" after local police sent a letter to parents warning of inadequate safety measures for the upcoming demonstration, which teenage activist Greta Thunberg and thousands of others are expected to attend.
Trump spent 45 minutes talking with cast of right-wing play dramatizing ‘Deep State’ conspiracy theories: report
The coronavirus emergency has given President Donald Trump one of the most daunting tests of his administration, with less than a year to go before he stands for re-election.
And yet in the midst of all the chaos, one thing the president found time to do on Thursday was meet with the cast of a bizarre right-wing play dramatizing the supposed "deep state" plot at the FBI to frame Trump in the Russia investigation.
According to The Daily Beast, Trump spent 45 minutes talking with the people behind "FBI Lovebirds: Undercovers," which focuses on the affair between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The leading roles of Strzok and Page were played by Dean Cain, the former Superman actor, and Kristy Swanson, who played the starring role in the 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie.