Trump Says No Friendly Dinners With Zuckerberg ‘Next Time’ He’s President

Topline

Reacting to his two-year ban from Facebook, former President Donald Trump said Friday any dinners he has with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg the “next time” he’s president will be “all business.”

Key Facts

Trump said in a statement he wouldn’t host Zuckerberg – and his wife, Priscilla Chan – for dinner in the White House “at his request.”

Facebook said Friday that Trump will continue to be banned from the platform for at least two years, after which the company will assess how much of a “risk to public safety” he is.

Trump’s statement comes amid reports Trump has told aides and associates he believes in a conspiracy theory that he will be reinstated to the presidency in August.

Trump has also frequently dropped hints he will run for the presidency again in 2024, with Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas), Trump’s former White House doctor, telling Business Insider Trump has said he plans to run again.

Asked whether Trump expects to return to the White House in 2024 or earlier, Trump spokesperson Jason Miller told Forbes, “You’ll just have to keep watching (and hoping!).”

Key Background

Facebook revealed in November 2019 that Trump, Zuckerberg and Peter Thiel, a Facebook board member and Trump megadonor, had an undisclosed dinner the month prior, shortly before Zuckerberg testified before Congress about Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra. 

Crucial Quote

“They shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this censoring and silencing, and ultimately, we will win,” Trump said in a separate statement on the Facebook ban, adding, “Our Country can’t take this abuse anymore!” Trump baselessly claimed in the statement the 2020 election was “rigged.”

Tangent

Trump has reportedly hinged his belief that he’ll be “reinstated” on multiple election audits in key states, and even believes they will lead to the reinstatement of defeated Republican senators like Martha McSally of Arizona and David Perdue of Georgia, according to the National Review.

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