Trump slams EU over $6.87 billion fine on Google

Google said it would appeal the European Union decision to slap a record US$5 billion (S$6.87 billion) fine on Google.
Google said it would appeal the European Union decision to slap a record US$5 billion (S$6.87 billion) fine on Google.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Donald Trump on Thursday (July 19) criticised the European Union and said the bloc was taking advantage of the United States, pointing to the record US$5 billion (S$6.87 billion) fine European anti-trust regulators imposed on Google.

EU officials on Wednesday also ordered Google to stop using its popular Android mobile operating system to block its rivals, adding to trade tensions between Washington and Brussels.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is scheduled to meet with Mr Trump at the White House next Wednesday to discuss trade and other issues.

"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!" Mr Trump said in a post on Twitter.

Google said it would appeal the EU decision.

The fine is nearly double the previous penalty that the company was ordered to pay last year, but it represents a little more than two weeks of revenue for its parent company, Alphabet Inc.