US President Donald Trump on Monday highlighted the fact that both he and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are privileged to hear directly from their countrymen as they are the “world leaders in social media”.
President Trump was obviously referring to their huge following on online platforms making them the top two most followed world leaders on social media.
“I’m proud to announce to the media, to the American people and to the Indian people that Prime Minister Modi and I are world leaders in social media,” Trump said in his remarks at the White House Rose Garden, following his first bilateral meeting with Modi.
“We’re believers. Giving the citizens of our countries the opportunity to hear directly from their elected officials and for us to hear directly from them. I guess it’s worked very well in both cases,” Trump said.
Trump, who is known for his prolific and at times controversial tweets, and Modi are widely followed on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
While Trump has 32.8 million followers on Twitter, Modi comes a close second with over 31 million followers.
On Facebook, Modi has the lead over Trump, who has 23.6 million followers while the Indian leader has 41.8 million followers.
(With PTI inputs)