Zuckerberg visits Iowa as part of US tour
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Facebook founder and CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract in court | State antitrust investigation into Google expands | Intel agencies no longer collecting location data without warrant Civil rights groups demand changes to Facebook's political speech policy Hillicon Valley: Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal | Facebook reports millions of post takedowns | Microsoft shakes up privacy debate | Disney plus tops 10M sign-ups in first day 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 TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed 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."