Trump No. 1 on Facebook, Modi No. 2? US President says he’s honoured
This is not the first time that Trump has claimed to be the number one and Prime Minister Modi number two regarding their popularity on Facebook.
Days ahead of his maiden India visit, US President Donald Trump has said he’s looking forward to it and said it is a great honour that Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has ranked him number one and Prime Minister Narendra Modi number two on their popularity on the social networking site.
Great honor, I think? Mark Zuckerberg recently stated that “Donald J. Trump is Number 1 on Facebook. Number 2 is Prime Minister Modi of India.” Actually, I am going to India in two weeks. Looking forward to it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2020
This is not the first time that the Republican leader has claimed to be the number one and Prime Minister Modi number two on their popularity on Facebook.
In January, in an interview to CNBC TV on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Trump said: "I'm No.1 on Facebook, you know who's no.2? Modi from India".
Per the CNBC transcript, here's Trump's latest account of what Mark Zuckerberg said to him at their 2019 dinner. (Facebook wouldn't comment.) (Not sure what "number one" means, but for the record, Modi has about 17 million more Facebook followers than Trump.) pic.twitter.com/GC04ejs5dY— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) January 22, 2020
Several Twitter slammed the US President for the claim and called him "narcissist" and "fake".
Trump is probably confusing fame with infamy. But even setting that aside, Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg are total trash for allowing Cambridge Analytica to steal private data from millions of Facebook users to help Trump game the election with targeted ads and disinformation.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) February 14, 2020
FTI, buying votes is illegal Trump pic.twitter.com/f89FCsUVfN— whamish2.0 (@wisconsinvotes1) February 14, 2020
Donald all of your followers are fake!! I literally post about this daily when your twitter numbers jump exactly 100k as you PURCHASE FAKE FOLLOWERS ????♀️.— HippieChick (@kathy_markovich) February 14, 2020
LOL. Imagine being this much of a narcissist that being the #1 mocked person in history is something to brag about.#CarnivalBarkingClown— THE G????P'S M????ЯAL BANKЯUPTCY (@azstudigital) February 15, 2020
If it's follower count Trump or Zuckerberg were referring to, that would be wrong. Trump's official page has 25 million likes and 26.8 million followers. That's far behind former president Barack Obama, who has 54.7 million likes and 53.2 million followers.— Jaye (@tallgirlL) February 15, 2020
Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will pay a state visit to India on February 24 and 25 at the invitation of Prime Minister Modi.
The Prime Minister tweeted earlier this week that he was "extremely delighted" that the US President and First Lady will visit India.
Extremely delighted that @POTUS @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS will visit India on 24th and 25th February. India will accord a memorable welcome to our esteemed guests.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 12, 2020
This visit is a very special one and it will go a long way in further cementing India-USA friendship.
India and USA share a common commitment to democracy and pluralism. Our nations are cooperating extensively on a wide range of issues. Robust friendship between our nations augurs well not only for our citizens but also for the entire world.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 12, 2020
Reports say that on February 24, Trump and Melania will visit Gujarat. Then the US President will inaugurate Motera’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium, which is being billed as the largest stadium in the world.
Trump will participate in a huge joint public event -- "Kem Chho, Trump" -- with Modi at the giant stadium in Ahmedabad. Over one lakh people are expected to attend the event.
The event will be similar to the "Howdy, Modi!" event held in the US.
Before the "Kem Chho, Trump" event, Trump and Modi will participate in a roadshow as well as visit Sabarmati Ashram to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.
On the second day, Trump and his wife will reach Delhi where he and Modi will hold talks on February 25.