SUN VALLEY, Idaho — Fb founder Mark Zuckerberg took what gave the impression to be an informal stroll along with his long-time No. 2, Sheryl Sandberg, on Thursday following a damning report claiming the Trump presidency has broken their relationship.
Hours after the New York Occasions reported that Sandberg had turn into “more and more remoted” from her boss, the duo have been noticed chatting as they walked across the luxurious grounds of the Solar Valley Lodge in Idaho, the place they’re attending the Allen & Co. convention for media and tech moguls.
The pair conveniently walked previous a gaggle of penned-up print and TV reporters, permitting photographers to snap away as they stopped to talk with Blizzard Activision CEO Bobby Kotick and New England Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft.
Earlier on Thursday, Sandberg was approached by a Publish reporter on her means out of the close by Konditorei cafe and requested for touch upon the Occasions story, which claimed that her function as Zuckerberg’s second-in-command turned much less sure as her affect in Washington diminished throughout Trump’s presidency.
“Good query,” the “Lean In” writer stated earlier than strolling on.
Zuckerberg additionally declined to touch upon the story when noticed earlier strolling the grounds donning khaki shorts, a hoodie, flip flops and aviator sun shades.
“I’m not commenting on something, however have enjoyable right here,” the 37-year-old Fb co-founder stated.
The Occasions report recommended that Zuckerberg took a extra lively function in Washington throughout the Trump presidency as a result of he was unable to depend on Sandberg, a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter and “dependable and distinguished Democratic bundler.”
Fb has denied the report by means of a spokeswoman.
“The fault traces that the authors depict between Mark and Sheryl and the individuals who work with them don’t exist,” spokeswoman Dani Lever stated.
“Each Mark and Sheryl have spent extra time on coverage points – and employed extra senior members to the workforce, together with Nick Clegg who reviews to Sheryl. These areas demanded extra time, consideration and focus, which each Mark and Sheryl have given them,” Lever added.
Fb discovered itself criticized on each side of the aisle throughout the Trump presidency amid requires it to clamp down on the president’s posts.
Fb ended up suspending the previous President for 2 years following considerations that he incited the Jan. 6 rebel on the US Capitol.