Trump says European Union taking advantage of US

Daniel Fowler
July 19, 2018

European Union 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.

President Donald Trump lashed out on Thursday (Jul 19) after Brussels hit USA tech giant Google with a record fine a day earlier, and warned he would no longer allow Europe to take "advantage" of the United States.

He wrote on Twitter on Thursday: "I told you so!"

The impending decision from the European Union watchdog has come to pass: Google has been fined a record €4.3 billion ($5.1 billion) for abusing the Android operating system's dominance in the smartphone market, the largest fine imposed on a company in European Union history. "They truly have taken advantage of the US, but not for long!" he tweeted.

Google was previously penalized by the European Commission just previous year, when the search giant was slapped with a $2.7 billion fine for lowering the ranking of competitor shopping comparison tools to promote its own.

A spokeswoman for Google did not immediately respond when asked for comment on Trump's tweet.

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The EC also called out Google for making payments to certain OEMs and mobile operators on the condition that they exclusively pre-installed the Google Search app on their devices and for and barring OEMs from using forked versions of the Android OS.

Google has said it will appeal the decision - the latest in a series of actions against the company.

The European Commission found Google had used Android, the most popular mobile software globally, to reinforce its dominance in search. 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".

The president appeared to be using the antitrust fine as a salvo in his escalating trade war with the EU.

Google hinted that the harsh decision would force it to charge Smartphone manufacturers for Android platform which would disturb the proprietary systems over open platforms. The president insinuated that it will come to an end. Additionally, the company's sales topped $31 billion in the first quarter.

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