Donald Trump says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg would come to The White House and ‘kiss his a**’ during the years he served as Commander-in-chief.
The former POTUS made the crass claim as he spoke about his social media ban in an interview with Greg Gutfeld on Fox News Thursday night.
Trump was once a prolific user of Facebook and Twitter before he was booted off the platforms back in January for violating their content policies in the aftermath of the Capitol riot.
‘We’re suing Twitter, Facebook, Google. We’re suing them all, a class action suit. Anybody who wants to join, please join,’ Trump told Gutfeld.
‘These people are sick,’ he added, before directly referencing Zuckerberg.
‘He used to come to the White House to kiss my a** and I’d say, “Oh, that’s nice. I have the head of Facebook coming with his lovely wife [Priscilla Chan]”.
‘They come and they’d have dinner with me in the White House. And then you see what they do about me and about Republicans [blocking them from Facebook] and it’s just sort of crazy. But that’s the way the world works.’
Donald Trump says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg would come to The White House and ‘kiss his a**’ during the years he was Commander-in-chief. The pair are pictured together in September 2019
Trump also savaged Twitter during his sit-down with Gutfeld, claiming he helped turned the site into a success.
‘You know when I went on to Twitter like 12 years ago [it] was a failed operation. And it became successful and a lot of people said I had a lot to do with it,’ he proclaimed.
‘When they took me off, I had way over 100 million people. And then if you add Facebook and everything else, it’s over 200 million people. That’s a lot. You go from 200 million people to nothing overnight.’
The former President says he believes the social media site is now ‘boring’ without his controversial contributions.
‘A lot of people think Twitter was bad for me, but I disagree. I think it was good for me. Twitter has become a very boring place. I don’t wanna be like, bragging or anything, but people are saying it’s become very boring.,’ he said.
Trump’s Twitter account has been permanently suspended, and he will not be allowed back on the site even if he is elected President again in 2024, according to the company’s CFO Ned Segal.
Meanwhile, in June, an oversight board voted to uphold Trump’s ban from Facebook and sister company Instagram for at least two more years.
Trump also savaged Twitter during his sit-down with Gutfeld, claiming he helped turned the site into a success
Trump discussed a number of other topics in his lengthy sit-down with Gutfeld, which is airing over multiple nights on Fox News.
On Wednesday, the channel screened a portion of the interview which showed Trump slamming President Joe Biden’s for his botched military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
He claimed the chaotic drawdown made the crisis at the Southern border ‘look good’ in comparison, before he began rallying about Biden’s immigration policies.
‘Our country has never been more unsafe. We have people pouring in through our southern border, which everyone is forgetting about right now because of the travesty in Afghanistan,’ he continued.
Illegal crossings at the southern border are at a 21-year high, with US Customs and Border Protection reporting more than 212,000 land encounters in July, a 13 percent increase from June.
Migrants and asylum seekers from Central America and the Caribbean walk in a caravan heading to the U.S. in Mexico on Saturday
In the interview, Trump tied the situation in Afghanistan in with his concerns about immigration, claiming that terrorists could have slipped into the US during the mass evacuation of Kabul.
‘People are getting in by the hundreds and by the thousands and these are not the people necessarily that wanted the protection. So many terrorists are coming in in. They pushed their way onto the plane,’ Trump said.
The Department of Homeland Security says about 60,000 people have arrived in the US since August 17 from Afghanistan
All undergo security screening at military bases in Europe or the Middle East before being allowed to enter the US.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says a small number of evacuees have been prevented from entering the U.S. through ‘multi-layered’ security vetting but he declines to provide specific numbers of provide details about the cases.
Surveillance towers stand between new sections of the primary and secondary steel bollard-style border wall along the US-Mexico border between San Diego and Tijuana in May
Taliban soldiers stand guard over surrendered Afghan Militiamen in the Kapisa province northeast of Afghanistan on Wednesday