Trump discusses China, 'political fairness' with Google CEO Sundar Pichai

Pichai attends the opening of a new Berlin office for US Internet search giant Google.
Pichai attends the opening of a new Berlin office for US Internet search giant Google.PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Donald Trump said he met with the chief executive of Alphabet's Google on Wednesday (March 27) and discussed "political fairness" and the company's business in China.

"He stated strongly that he is totally committed to the US Military, not the Chinese Military," Trump said on Twitter of his meeting with Google chief executive Sundar Pichai.

"Also discussed political fairness and various things that #Google can do for our Country. Meeting ended very well!," Trump said.

“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 US government,” a Google spokesman said in a statement.

“We are not working with the Chinese military. We are working with the US government, including the Department of Defence, in many areas including cybersecurity, recruiting and health care.”

The top US general, Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate committee hearing earlier this month that the Chinese military was benefiting from the work Google was doing in China.

Pichai has said Google has invested in China for years and plans to continue to do so.

In a tweet last week, Trump accused social media platforms Facebook, Google's YouTube and Twitter of favouring his Democratic opponents over him and his fellow Republicans and said he would look into the issue.