FILE IMAGE: The Google logo is displayed at the entrance of the Google offices in London, united Kingdom, January 18, 2019. (REUTERS photo/Hannah McKay/File Photo
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump, on Friday kept up his pressure on the global tech-giant Google in the days after the finance minister ruled out any national security concerns about the company’s work in China.
Trump, in a tweet, did not offer any evidence of a problem with Google’s actions in China, but said that if there are any problems, the administration would find out about it.
On Wednesday, the US treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, he said, and He had a direct conversation with Google’s chief executive, and it is certain that the tech company is working with China was “very, very, very, very limited.”
“The president and I will do due diligence to this issue, and we are not aware of all the areas in which Google works with the Chinese government in a way that is in any way gives rise to questions like,” Mnuchin said of CNBC in an interview. “Google is a Us company that would like to help out in the united states.”
He has repeatedly slammed US technology companies, including Google, and, as alleged, without any evidence that they discriminated against him and fellow conservatives. He has talked with Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai at a White House meeting on Monday, and a number of other top tech executives.
“There can be no National Security concerns with respect to Google and their relationship with the chinese. If you have a problem, we’ll find out about it. I sincerely hope there is not!!!!!” He wrote on Twitter.
Google, as a unit of an Alphabet Inc., declined to comment. Earlier this month, the company’s top government affairs official said at a US Senate hearing, that it is a small company located in China.
“Basically, in China, we actually do today, but it is very low, especially when compared to the other big technology company,” said Karan Bhatia, vice president of government affairs and public policy.
Alphabet shares have increased by 11% in the afternoon trade on strong earnings results will be released on Thursday.
Reporting by Susan Heavey and David Shepardson in Washington; Additional reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bangalore; Editing by Jonathan Oatis