Trump lambasts EU over $5.1bn fine for Google
US President Donald Trump has attacked the European Union’s decision to fine Google $5.1billion for “serious illegal behaviour”.
"I told you so! The European Union just slapped a Five Billion Dollar fine on one of our great companies, Google. They truly have taken advantage of the U.S., but not for long!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
His comments come amid escalating tension between the EU and the Trump administration, the Guardian reported.
The European commission announced the record fine on July 18 after an investigation found the tech company had required smartphone operators to pre-install Google’s search and browser apps or lose access to its online store and streaming service.
In an interview with CBS in Scotland last week, Trump described the EU as a “foe”.
Asked to identify his biggest foe globally, Trump replied: "Well, I think we have a lot of foes. I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now, you wouldn’t think of the European Union, but they’re a foe.'