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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 Zuckerberg'Nationalize' Facebook and Twitter as public goods Amazon cites death threats in push to keep Parler offline Trump hits social media companies after they banned his accounts MORE said President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE did not “lobby” him during an October dinner meeting.

Zuckerberg made the remarks to CBS News's Gayle KingGayle KingWoman who accused Black teen of stealing her phone charged with attempted assault CBS News President Zirinsky wins National Press Club Fourth Estate Award The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by UAE - US records 1 million COVID-19 cases in a week; governors crack down 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 WarrenPorter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Nine, including former Michigan governor, charged over Flint water crisis | Regulator finalizes rule forcing banks to serve oil, gun companies | Trump admin adds hurdle to increase efficiency standards for furnaces, water heaters DeVos mulled unilateral student loan forgiveness as COVID-19 wracked economy: memo 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.”