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: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Michigan governor urges Zuckerberg to enforce community guidelines after hate speech, threats surface Smaller companies testify against Big Tech's 'monopoly power' MORE said President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' MORE did not “lobby” him during an October dinner meeting.

Zuckerberg made the remarks to CBS News's Gayle KingGayle KingFlake: Republicans don't speak out against Trump 'because they want to keep their jobs' Lifetime to release sequel to 'Surviving R. Kelly' Bloomberg attacks Biden's experience: 'He's never been the manager of an organization' 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 Ann WarrenJayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Former health insurance executive: Current system is bankrupting country The American disease and death bowls 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.”