Donald Trump had claimed to be the number one and PM Modi number two on their popularity on Facebook earlier too (Photo Credit: PTI File)
US President Donald Trump on Thursday repeated that he was no. 1 on Facebook ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Trump also said that Modi, who represents "1.5 billion" Indians, has an advantage on Facebook, while referring to the number of followers the two leaders have on the social networking website. Facebook pages reflect that Modi is followed by more people with 44 million followers, while the account of Trump is followed by 27 million. As per official estimates, India's population currently is 1.3 billion people, the US population is estimated to be 325 million.
US President Donald Trump is known as a very competitive person and it seems that he has taken the matter of Facebook followers to heart. This is the second time in this week he has claimed that he is "No. 1 on Facebook".
Trump, who will visit India next week, said Modi is "number two" on Facebook in terms of followers and that he is number one as told to him directly by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
"I'm going to India next week, and we're talking about -- you know, they have 1.5 billion people. And Prime Minister Modi is number two on Facebook, number two. Think of that. You know who number one is? Trump. You believe that? Number one. I just found out," Trump said during his commencement address at the Hope for Prisoners Graduation Ceremony in Las Vegas.
US President had claimed to be the number one and Prime Minister Modi number two on their popularity on Facebook earlier too. Last week, Trump took to Twitter and claimed to be the number one on Facebook citing Mark Zuckerberg.
Even last month, 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".
During his address in Las Vegas, Trump said he was recently congratulated by Zuckerberg for being the number one on Facebook.
"The head of Facebook Mr Zuckerberg came in three weeks ago. He said, 'Congratulations.' I said, 'On what?' He said, 'You're number one on Facebook.' I said, 'That's cool.' Number one on Twitter too," the president said, amidst laughter from the audience.
"That's because -- it's true. And if I wasn't, I could never say it because it would be breaking news that Trump told a fib. No, number one," he said, adding that he has congratulated Modi on this.
"And I congratulated Prime Minister Modi. I said, "But, you know, you have 1.5 billion people. I have 350 million. You have an advantage," Trump said, during his commencement address referring to one of his conversations with Modi.