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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: Broadband companies funded fake net neutrality comments, investigation finds | Twitter rolls out tip feature | Google to adopt 'hybrid work week' Oversight Board achieving what government cannot Warren: Trump is 'a danger to democracy' MORE said President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing MORE did not “lobby” him during an October dinner meeting.

Zuckerberg made the remarks to CBS News's Gayle KingGayle KingThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Michelle Obama praises BLM, says she fears for daughters Jill Biden surprises National Teacher of the Year 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 WarrenFree Speech Inc.: The Democratic Party finds a new but shaky faith in corporate free speech Debate over ICBMs: Will 'defund our defenses' be next? Manchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders 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.”