Zuckerberg’s U.S. tour fueling speculation of future plans

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Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, is currently on a tour of the country. He’s calling the tour “A Year of Travel,” and this week Zuckerberg finds himself in Iowa.

“I’m visiting small towns in Iowa, and just stopped in Wilton, population 2,800,” writes Zuckerberg in a Facebook post on Friday. “In the last generation, there has been a real divergence between opportunity available in small towns and big cities. I’ve seen many struggling small towns this year, but I’ve also seen small towns like Wilton that are growing.”

Zuckerberg’s visits continue to focus on small towns and economically depressed areas. At a truck stop in Iowa, he met with truckers who told him regulations were affecting their freedom to set their own schedule. “It’s tough because those regulations try to keep people on the road safe,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post.

Zuckerberg’s travels were part of a New Year’s resolution to tour the United States, but the move caught the attention of the media, who speculated that he might be headed for a presidential run. Some strategists said Zuckerberg’s tour of the states was much like a listening tour, which some candidates undertake before a run. In fact, Zuckerberg is visiting places and people President Trump won over during his 2016 presidential run.

Zuckerberg maintains that he’s not seeking public office. He says he’s trying to get perspective, hoping to better understand the people who use Facebook. “Some of you have asked if this challenge means I’m running for public office,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post. “I’m not.”

Despite claims that he’s not seeking an office, the billionaire executive’s stop in Iowa will likely fuel further speculation, since the state plays a prominent role as the site of the country’s first major electoral event during the presidential primary season.

 

 

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