Trump Teases White House Run, Telling Zuckerberg No More Friendly Dinners ‘Next Time’ He’s President

From WWW.THEEPOCHTIMES.COM

Former President Donald Trump again hinted at a possible run for the presidency while responding to news of his two-year ban from Facebook on Friday by saying he would not invite CEO Mark Zuckerberg to dinner “next time I’m in the White House.”

After Facebook vice president of global affairs Nick Clegg announced Friday that the former president would be suspended from the platform for two years from Jan. 7, the day he was initially hit with the ban, Trump responded with a statement saying there would be no more friendly dinners with the Facebook chief.

“Next time I’m in the White House there will be no more dinners, at his request, with Mark Zuckerberg and his wife,” Trump said in the statement. “It will be all business!” The former president hosted Zuckerberg at the White House twice in 2019.

Following news of Facebook extending the ban, Trump issued a separate sharply-worded statement, saying the ban was an insult to the tens of millions of people who voted for him in “the rigged presidential election,” adding that the social media giant “shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this censoring and silencing.”

“Ultimately, we will win. Our Country can’t take this abuse anymore!” Trump added.

The former president’s remarks tap into a broader frustration by those on the right that the dominant social media platforms are suppressing conservative voices.

Constitutional lawyer Craig Parshall told The Epoch Times in May that Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act—which shields social media and other companies from content-related lawsuits—helped a handful of Big Tech firms rise to powerful heights.

“That gift was to incentivize competition. What it’s done is it’s gr… (Read more)