- Business Insider
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is hosting a big tech conference in San Francisco.
And right out of the gate on Tuesday, Zuckerberg stepped onstage and threw a jab at Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.
“I hear fearful voices calling for building walls,” he said. “It takes courage to choose hope over fear. Instead of building walls, we can build bridges.”
That’s a reference to how Trump has been calling for a giant wall to be built along the US border with Mexico.
Trump wants the wall as a way to stop illegal immigration. He has also been saying he wants Mexico to pay for the wall, a cost he estimates to be about $8 billion.
Zuckerberg added: “Our lives are connected. Whether we’re welcoming a refugee fleeing war or an immigrant seeking new opportunity. Whether we’re coming together to fight global diseases like Ebola or to fight climate change, we have the courage to see that the path forward is to bring people together, not push people apart.”
Zuckerberg isn’t afraid of getting political. He has been an outspoken immigration advocate. He has even signed a brief to the Supreme Court asking that undocumented immigrant children not be deported.
In December, when he and his wife announced the birth of their daughter, they also announced that they would be giving away the bulk of their wealth to charity. They plan to support projects that fight disease, improve education, and build “strong communities.” They will do this through a combination of charitable donations, private investment, and promotion of government-policy reform.
And Zuck and Trump have dusted up before. Trump’s website slammed Zuckerberg for seeking more work visas so tech companies can hire more people from overseas.