At his first rally since the FBI searched Mar-a-Lago, Trump briefly fixated on the Meta chief executive.
- The comments are the latest in a series of statements about the tech exec, who Trump says “kissed [his] ass.”
- Zuckerberg acknowledged on the Joe Rogan podcast that Facebook limited content about Hunter Biden’s laptop in 2020.
Former President Donald Trump said at a Saturday rally that Meta executive Mark Zuckerberg joined him for dinner at the White House “last week,” despite having been out of office for more than a year and a half.
At a Pennsylvania rally supporting senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz and gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, the first since the FBI searched his Mar-a-Lago residence, Trump briefly fixated on the chief executive of Facebook’s parent company.
“Last week, the weirdo — he’s a weirdo — Mark Zuckerberg came to the White House, kissed my ass all night,” Trump said during the speech, going on to mimic their alleged conversation: “‘Sir, I’d love to have dinner, sir. I’d love to have dinner. I’d love to bring my lovely wife.’ All right, Mark, come on in. ‘Sir, you’re number one on Facebook. I’d like to congratulate you.’ Thank you very much, Mark. I appreciate it.”
Trump has previously made similar comments about Zuckerberg. Last year, following his suspension from Facebook, he said the executive “used to come to the White House to kiss [his] ass” and called Zuckerberg “sick” for deplatforming him.
In Saturday’s campaign speech, Trump added: “Well, Mark Zuckerberg confessed that in 2020, the FBI went to Facebook and the media and gave them the false narratives that the Hunter Biden laptop from hell was Russian disinformation, even though they knew that was not true. So they went in they said it was Russian disinformation, by the way.”
The former president was referring to Zuckerberg’s comments this week on Joe Rogan’s podcast that a New York Post story about Hunter Biden’s laptop “fit the pattern” of polarizing content, including “Russian propaganda” the FBI had warned the company about. He said the laptop story had several red flags that raised questions about its authenticity and, in response, Facebook limited its reach on the site’s news feeds for five or seven days.
Representatives for Trump did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.