Trump boasts that Mark Zuckerberg congratulated him for being 'number one' on Facebook

The US president made the statement during a surprise call-in to Rush Limbaugh's radio show on Monday


                            Trump boasts that Mark Zuckerberg congratulated him for being 'number one' on Facebook
Donald Trump, Mark Zuckerberg (Getty Images)

President Donald Trump, on Monday, said that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told him he was 'number one' on the social media platform. Trump reportedly made the statement during a surprise call-in to Rush Limbaugh's radio show.

The president, while speaking to Limbaugh, said: "I had dinner with Mark Zuckerberg the other day. 'I'd like to congratulate you: you're number one on Facebook'." 

Trump and Zuckerberg had dinner together in October when the Facebook head was in Washington D.C. to testify on Capitol Hill about the social media giant's cryptocurrency Libra.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump fields a question during the first Republican presidential debate hosted by Fox News and Facebook at the Quicken Loans Arena on August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Getty Images)

Prior to the October dinner, the pair had also met in the Oval Office in September when Zuckerberg was in the capital to meet with lawmakers. The president had also posted a picture of the meeting to his social media accounts.

It is not yet clear what Trump meant by being "Number One" on Facebook. The president's page on Facebook has 25 million likes while Kim Kardashian West's official page on the social media has 29 million likes in contrast.

Trump, who spent his Monday morning at a credentialing ceremony for newly appointed Ambassadors to Washington D.C, reportedly had no events on his public schedule when he called into Limbaugh's show.

The Republican, during the 20-minute interview, talked about the situation with Iran, the unity in the Republican Party and the impeachment process with the host. Reports state that Trump saw Limbaugh over the holiday season when the president was at the Mar-a-Lago, his Florida resort which he likes to call the Winter White House.

(FILE PHOTO) Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh gestures as he makes remarks at the National Association of Broadcasters October 2, 2003 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Getty Images)

Trump also boasted about his social media influence during the duo's conversation and claimed that he used the platforms to push back against media stories he considered false.

"Without Twitter I think we'd be lost. We wouldn't be able to get the truth out," Trump told Limbaugh. "I wish I didn't have to do it. I wish we had legitimate newspapers and legitimate media. We don't. I call it corrupt. It's the corrupt media. I don't mind a bad story if it's right, but I know. A person reading the story doesn't know that it's false. So I'm able to tell them through social media. I don't even call it Twitter, I call it social media."

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