When Zuckerberg left baffled at comparison with Trump by US lawsmakers

Priscilla Chan (right) and Mark Zuckerberg

A perplexed Mark Zuckerberg was left looking for answers when US lawmakers compared him with US President Donald Trump during a Congressional hearing, saying both are "very successful businessmen, capitalists and billionaires".

Republican Barry Loudermilk from Georgia was the first to compare Zuckerberg to Trump during a congressional hearing with the Facebook CEO on Wednesday, saying both are "very successful businessmen, both are capitalists and both are billionaires", and what he thinks the two most share in common "is you both challenge the status quo. He calls it draining the swamp, you see it as innovation".

Zuckerberg looked clueless what to answer.

Later, Democrat Juan Vargas from California, told the Facebook CEO he is "almost tempted" to ask if he took the comparison as a compliment, "since you can't lie to Congress".

Vargas immediately told Zuckerberg: "Don't answer that. Not even with a smile", leaving Zuckerberg baffled and speechless once again, reports Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Zuckerberg did offer some details about his meeting with President Trump in September, saying antitrust probe did not come up during the talks at the Oval Office.

"I don't think so, but the meeting was private, overall. Those subjects didn't come up, but in general I don't feel like it's appropriate for me to comment in too much detail on private conversations," he told the House hearing.

Zuckerberg met President Trump in the Oval Office. "Nice meeting with Mark Zuckerberg of @Facebook in the Oval Office today," tweeted Trump.

Facebook CEO testified before House and Senate committees in April last year over Cambridge Analytica data scandal affecting 87 million users globally.



Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel