Twitter mocks Donald Trump after attacks the European Union because Google (Alphabet Inc.) was hit with a $5 billion antitrust fine. Um, he doesn’t read with comprehension — antitrust laws vs. NATO = two different things.
Trump tweeted: “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!”
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
Google was accused of illegally using its Android mobile operating system to squeeze out other online services.
Margrethe Vestager, the European Commission’s competition chief, said on Wednesday, that Google suppressed competition because of its arrangements with phone manufacturers. “In this way, Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine,” Vestager said.
“These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits. They have denied European consumers the benefits of effective competition in the important mobile sphere. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules,” Vestager continued.
The fine is the result of a three-year investigation and has nothing to do with anything Donald Trump is spouting off. He is now threatening to pull out of NATO and impose stiff tariffs on auto imports. But, of course, facts never get in the way of Trump’s tsunami of lies.
Reaction on Twitter:
😇You told us NOTHING. Google is a monopoly that gets its just due from time to time. Nobody is taking advantage of the US, its called free market capitalism, you know the Reagan stuff he loved. You can’t do sh^^ to other countries now they just make trade deals with others. FOOL pic.twitter.com/RFe96bdluz
— God 😇 (@GodcallsBS) July 19, 2018
Ummm… nice try but this is the second time Google has been fined. This fine is so low they won’t even notice compared to their profits. This fine is not because you predicted it.
— Niknak (@ikrobiee) July 19, 2018
Hey Donald know what? Jeff Bezo (Amazon/WoPo) could pay that $5b fine for Google and still have 14x’s more money than you claim to have 😂😂😂😎
— Bionca-Lori (@BioncaLori) July 19, 2018
WTF are you talking about that I told you so? Did you predict that the EU would fine Google $5B? Dude, this not a fine about trade. You continue to attack allies like they are enemies. Quit your job.
— eric larson (@larsoer) July 19, 2018
If the EU had slapped a 5 billion fine on Jeff Bezos’ Amazon instead of Google, @realDonaldTrump would be cheering them on and calling out an American company.
— Bad John Brown (@BadJohnBrown) July 19, 2018
“I’m trying so hard to distract from Russia and it’s not working. So, let’s talk about Google having to follow the laws of UK. I hate laws. Especially laws that make rich people pay. I’m going to fuck around and start another trade war before they fine Ivanka too.”
— Fucking Look At How Fucking Civil I Fucking Am (@BravenakBlog) July 19, 2018
Hmm. Yeah how dare they fine Google for monopolistic business practices, but don’t let that stop you trying to crowbar NATO into it 🙄
— Ellie (@swanseaexpat) July 19, 2018