U.S. President Donald Trump has said Google CEO Sunder Pichai assured him that the tech giant is “totally committed” to the U.S. military and not the Chinese Army as the President met him at the White House, days after he accused the California-based company of not supporting American interests.
Mr. Trump earlier this month said, “Google is helping China and their military, but not the U.S.”
On Wednesday, after a meeting with Mr. Pichai at the White House, Mr. Trump said: “Meeting ended very well”. “Just met with @SundarPichai, President of @Google, who is obviously doing quite well,” he said. Mr. Pichai “stated strongly that he is totally committed to the U.S. military and not the Chinese military”, Mr. Trump said. “Also discussed political fairness and various things that @Google can do for our country. Meeting ended very well!” he said.
There was no immediate tweet from Mr. Pichai. However, a Google spokesperson said that the company is pleased to have productive conversations with the President. “We were pleased to have productive conversations with the President about investing in the future of the American workforce, the growth of emerging technologies and our ongoing commitment to working with the U.S. government,” said the Google spokesperson.
Mr. Trump’s tweet criticising Google came after acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan and General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a congressional hearing that “Google was partnering with China… but the Internet search engine giant has shown a lack of willingness to work with the U.S. Department of Defense”.
During his trip to Washington DC, Mr. Pichai also met India’s Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh V. Shringla.