I am 1st on Facebook, PM Modi 2nd: Why Trump was incorrect before India’s visit

U.S. President Donald Trump looks forward to speaking with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about a recent increase in its already high tariffs against the United States (REUTERS). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.


NEW DELHI, Feb 15, 2020, India Today. US President Donald Trump can’t stop talking about his upcoming India trip. He’s expecting “millions” to turn up to receive him in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state. And now, he’s talking up his social media game — and PM Modi’s too, India Today reported.

Trump claimed Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, said he was “Number 1” on the social network — apparently referring to his follower count — and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was second.

But in fact, it’s exactly the opposite.

According to Twiplomacy’s 2019 rankings, it’s PM Modi who is first among world leaders, with more than 44 million followers on Facebook. Donald Trump is a distant second. (Close to 26 million.)

But all this is only if you don’t count Barack Obama — no longer a government official — who has around 55 million Facebook followers.

And if you look at non-political figures — like Mark Zuckerberg himself — then Barack Obama, Narendra Modi and Donald Trump are far behind. Football legends Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have around 90 million and 122.5 million followers, respectively. Shakira has 100 million. And Facebook’s official page on its own website is tracked by over 214.5 million people — the most followed account.

Now back to India-US diplomacy.

Donald Trump arrives on February 24. Here’s here for a two-day visit of Ahmedabad and Delhi, his first to India since becoming US president.

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