WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- President Donald Trump said Monday that Mark Zuckerberg told him he was “No. 1 on Facebook.’
- The Facebook CEO and the US president have met on multiple occasions but Zuckerberg has refused to disclose details of a dinner he had with Trump in October while he was in Washington for a congressional hearing.
- It’s not yet clear what Trump meant by “No. 1 on Facebook,” but he definitely doesn’t come close to having either the most likes or the most followers on the social platform.
President Donald Trump said Monday that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg congratulated him for being “number one” on the social network.
The president dialed into Rush Limbaugh’s conservative radio program on Monday, and while discussing his social influence, he mentioned that he “had dinner with Mark Zuckerberg the other day.”
“He said, ‘I’d like to congratulate you,’ in front of a large group of people. So I’m not… But he said, ‘I’d like to congratulate you, you’re number one on Facebook,’” Trump claimed.
“Wait a minute ― you had dinner with Zuckerberg?” Limbaugh asked. “Wait ’til the world finds out about that. I guess they just did.”
“You have semi-breaking news,” Trump replied. “I guess a couple of people might have reported it but they’re not like you.”
Apparently, Trump was referring to the dinner he had with Zuckerberg in October at the White House. It was not disclosed by either party but later revealed by NBC News, confirmed by Facebook and widely reported.
A spokesperson for Facebook told HuffPost that there had been no additional meetings between the president and Zuckerberg since the October meeting.
What the president (or Zuckerberg, purportedly), meant by saying Trump was “number one” on the platform is also up for debate.
The president’s Facebook page has 25 million likes and 26 million followers. Many other high-profile people on the platform surpass this number, including Will Smith, who has 76 million likes and 79 million followers, and Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 122 million likes and 123 million followers.
According to global business data platform Statistica, Trump’s profile did not fall in Facebook’s top 20 most popular pages for 2019. However, it is unclear whether the so-called “number one” label has some other meaning. Facebook did not have a comment on Trump’s claim about topping the platform.