Trump hosted Zuckerberg for undisclosed dinner at WH

President Donald Trump hosted a previously undisclosed dinner with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook board member Peter Thiel at the White House in October, the company told NBC News on Wednesday.

The meeting took place during Zuckerberg’s most recent visit to Washington, where he testified before Congress about Facebook’s new cryptocurrency Libra. Zuckerberg also gave a speech at Georgetown University detailing his company’s commitment to free speech, and its resistance to calls for the company to crack down on misinformation in political ads.

Facebook confirmed the meeting to NBC News on Wednesday.

“As is normal for a CEO of a major U.S. company, Mark accepted an invitation to have dinner with the President and First Lady at the White House,” a Facebook spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

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"In a world that's changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks." 

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"People don't care about what you say, they care about what you build."

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"You are better off trying something and having it not work and learning from that than not doing anything at all."

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“In terms of doing work and in terms of learning and evolving as a person, you just grow more when you get more people’s perspectives.”

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"People can be really smart or have skills that are directly applicable, but if they don't really believe in it, then they are not going to really work hard."

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"Building a mission and building a business go hand-in-hand."

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"We look for people who are passionate about something. In a way, it almost doesn't matter what you're passionate about."

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"The question I ask myself like almost every day is, 'Am I doing the most important thing I could be doing?' ... Unless I feel like I'm working on the most important problem that I can help with, then I'm not going to feel good about how I'm spending my time.”

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"Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough."

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“People think innovation is just having a good idea but a lot of it is just moving quickly and trying a lot of things.”

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"I think a simple rule of business is, if you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress."

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"The question isn't, 'What do we want to know about people?', It's, 'What do people want to tell about themselves?'"

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“So many businesses get worried about looking like they might make a mistake, they become afraid to take any risk. Companies are set up so that people judge each other on failure.”

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“I would rather be in the cycle where people are underestimating us. It gives us latitude to go out and make big bets that excite and amaze people.”

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"My goal was never to just create a company. A lot of people misinterpret that, as if I don't care about revenue or profit or any of those things. But what not being 'just' a company means to me is building something that actually makes a really big change in the world."

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It is unclear why the meeting was not made public or what Trump, Zuckerberg and Thiel discussed.

The White House declined to comment.

The dinner was the second meeting between Zuckerberg and Trump in a month. Zuckerberg also met with the president in the Oval Office in a surprise meeting during a September visit to the capital.

Thiel, one of seven Facebook board members, is one of the few outspoken conservative figures in Silicon Valley. A major donor to Trump’s campaign, Thiel is also the chairman of Palantir, a private data technology company that has become one of the largest recipients of government defense contracts with the United States government since Trump took office.

Thiel famously bankrolled a libel lawsuit that effectively bankrupted the gossip website Gawker.Zuckerberg’s speech at Georgetown, which he delivered on the same trip in which he met with Trump, was titled “Standing for Voice and Free Expression.”

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