US President Donald Trump has aired his dissatisfaction concerning Google’s fine by the EU, and he has shown this by criticizing the European Union, saying they are taking advantage of the United States.
Google was ordered by the E.U to stop using its popular Android mobile operating system to block its rivals, but this move has created trade tensions between Washington and Brussels.
Trump took to Twitter to express his anger,
“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 US, but not for long!”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2018
On Trump’s comment, a Justice Department veteran now with advocacy group Public Knowledge, Gene Kimmelman said,
“This is totally counterproductive. Whether or not you like the result, this is law enforcement in Europe and we wouldn’t like anyone interfering with law enforcement in the U.S, I see it doing no good for Google or anyone else.”
William Kovacic, a former chairman of the Federal Trade Commission who teaches at the George Washington University Law School also agreed with the above statement.
Previous Presidents of the U.S has at one point or another disagreed with the E.U’s ruling, for example In 2015 former President Barack Obama said in an interview with Recode that the EU was sometimes “more commercially driven than anything else” in its probes of U.S. tech companies, including Google.
Also in 1997, former US Vice President Al Gore spoke against the E.U on behalf of a planned merger of Boeing and McDonnell Douglas saying the United States was “watching the outcome of their (EU) deliberations extremely carefully,” the New York Times reported at the time. The deal closed in August 1997.
Google is set to Appeal this ruling as the 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) fine is nearly double the previous penalty that the company was ordered to pay last year. But this figures represents a little more than two weeks of revenue of Alphabet (Google’s parent company).