Zuckerberg visits Iowa as part of US tour
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Facebook founder and CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Officials pressed on Russian interference at security forum | FCC accuses Sinclair of deception | Microsoft reveals Russia tried to hack three 2018 candidates | Trump backs Google in fight with EU | Comcast gives up on Fox bid Facebook's Zuckerberg congratulated Trump after 2016 election: report Facebook to start removing misleading posts that incite violence MORE visited Iowa this week as part of his New Year’s resolution to tour the United States.

Zuckerburg visited several of the state’s small towns. The technology executive said while he has come across small towns that are struggling, he has also come across towns that have grown and continue to grow.

“I'm visiting small towns in Iowa, and just stopped in Wilton, population 2,800,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post on Friday.

“In the last generation, there has been a real divergence between opportunity available in small towns and big cities. I've seen many struggling small towns this year, but I've also seen small towns like Wilton that are growing,” he continued.

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The billionaire executive's tour of the country, which he has dubbed “A Year of Travel,” has fueled speculation he could be mulling a 2020 presidential bid. His stop in Iowa, which hosts the first voting contests of the presidential primary season, is likely to add further speculation.

Zuckerberg has taken to making stops in many economically depressed areas that President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE worked to win over in 2016. 

The Facebook founder toured a Ford assembly plant outside of Detroit in April, recounting afterwards, "The people I met are so good they keep the line running at full speed and listen to audio books or music in one earbud to stay engaged."