‘President Trump paid compliments to two billionaire tech CEOs in a sit-down interview with CNBC conducted on the sidelines of the World Economic Summit.
The president said politics could be in Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckberg’s future, while he praised Tesla head Elon Musk’s ‘genius.’
‘I heard he was going to run for president,’ Trump said of Zuckerberg. ‘That wouldn’t be too frightening, I don’t think.’
‘But he does have that monster behind him,’ Trump added, alluding to Zuckerberg’s social network.
Trump also said Zuckerberg has done a ‘hell of a job.’
The Facebook founder and CEO’s estimated net worth is $82.1 billion, according to Forbes, and Elon Musk’s is $31.9 billion.
Backing both men is politically loaded. Facebook is under fire over political advertising, while SpaceX represents a rival to Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space firm.
Facebook has come under intense criticism fire for not being more transparent with its political ads, especially in light of the 2016 election meddling by the Russians that was exposed in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.’