In an appearance on CBS News’s “CBS This Morning,” Zuckerberg refused to go into detail about what he and Trump talked about during their dinner meeting.
“We talked about a number of things that were on his mind and some of the topics that you read about in the news around our work.”
Watch his comments below:
EXCLUSIVE: @GayleKing asked @Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg about the nature of his recent meeting with President Trump.— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) December 2, 2019
“We talked about a number of things that were on his mind and some of the topics that you read about in the news around our work.” https://t.co/22a5fbqOX2 pic.twitter.com/OJJZ8BWwvu
CBS’s Gayle King noted that the meeting came at a time when Facebook was weighing whether or not to ban political ads and asked if Trump tried to lobby him, Zuckerberg said “no,” adding that he wanted to “respect that it was a private dinner.”
“No. I mean, I don’t think that’s … I think some of the stuff that people talk about or think gets discussed in these discussions are not really how that works. I also want to respect that it was a private dinner, and it’s a private discussion.”
The meeting, which was not disclosed by the White House at the time, drew criticism from some of Trump’s rivals who called it “corruption plain and simple” as IJR previously reported.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) noted it came at a time when Facebook is facing increased antitrust scrutiny and accused Zuckerberg of launching a “charm offensive with Republican lawmakers.”
“Amid antitrust scrutiny, Facebook is going on a charm offensive with Republican lawmakers. And now, Mark Zuckerberg and one of Facebook’s board members—a major Trump donor—had a secret dinner with Trump. This is corruption plain and simple.”
Amid antitrust scrutiny, Facebook is going on a charm offensive with Republican lawmakers. And now, Mark Zuckerberg and one of Facebook's board members—a major Trump donor—had a secret dinner with Trump. This is corruption, plain and simple. https://t.co/KNUtZanylC— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) November 21, 2019
Zuckerberg admitted that there are issues the company needs to address but urged people to “not lose track of the enormous good that can be done by bringing people together.”