On Saturday, President Donald Trump accused Google of “helping China and their military” but not the United States.
The statement was made in a tweet.
“Google is helping China and their military, but not the U.S,” Trump wrote. “Terrible! The good news is that they helped Crooked Hillary Clinton, and not Trump….and how did that turn out?”
Google is helping China and their military, but not the U.S. Terrible! The good news is that they helped Crooked Hillary Clinton, and not Trump….and how did that turn out?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2019
Trump’s tweet comes after Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that Google’s work in China is indirectly aiding the military.
“The work that Google is doing in China is indirectly benefiting the Chinese military and I’ve been very public on this issue as well,” Duford said during his testimony in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, according to CNN.
Duford has long been critical of Google’s unwillingness to work with the United States Department of Defense.
Last year, Google refused to renew a massive Pentagon contract after employees demanded “a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology.”
That contract expires this month.
After Duford’s remarks, Google — which did not address the general’s comments specifically — issued this statement to CNN: “We deeply respect the US military and we are working with them to solve problems in areas like cybersecurity, logistics, transportation and planning.”
Google has not yet publicly responded to Trump’s tweet.
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