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Zuckerberg says Trump did not 'lobby' him during dinner

Zuckerberg says Trump did not 'lobby' him during dinner
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Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Big Tech hearing the most partisan yet | Rubio warns about foreign election interference | Trump campaign site briefly hacked Tech CEOs clash with lawmakers in contentious hearing Cruz in heated exchange with Twitter's Dorsey: 'Who the hell elected you?' MORE said President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE did not “lobby” him during an October dinner meeting.

Zuckerberg made the remarks to CBS News's Gayle KingGayle KingGrand juror: Officers' actions the night Breonna Taylor was killed were 'criminal' Gayle King says 'actions speak louder than words' after Trump racism comments Kentucky attorney general asks for evidence in Breonna Taylor case to remain sealed MORE in an interview that aired Monday on "CBS This Morning."

“We talked about a number of things that were on his mind. And some of the topics that you'd read about in the news around our work," Zuckerberg told King of the meeting, which was not disclosed by the White House at the time and came as Trump was publicly urging the social media company not to ban political advertising.

"Did he try to lobby you in any way?" King asked during the interview, adding that critics have said “the optics weren’t good.”

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"No ... I think some of the stuff that people talk about or think gets discussed and these discussions are not really how that works. ... I also want to respect that it was a private dinner and ... private discussion," Zuckerberg responded.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWhat a Biden administration should look like Overnight Defense: Dems want hearing on DOD role on coronavirus vaccine | US and India sign data-sharing pact | American citizen kidnapped in Niger Conservative operatives Wohl, Burkman charged in Ohio over false robocalls MORE (D-Mass.), one of Facebook’s most vocal critics in the Senate, denounced the dinner meeting as “corruption” in November.

"Amid antitrust scrutiny, Facebook is going on a charm offensive with Republican lawmakers. And now, Mark Zuckerberg and one of Facebook's board members—a major Trump donor—had a secret dinner with Trump,” she tweeted after the meeting became public. “This is corruption, plain and simple.”