US President Donald Trump has lambasted the European Union (UN) for slapping a record 5.1-billion-dollar (4.34-billion-euro) fine on US tech giant Google over antitrust violations.
The European Commission — the executive arm of the EU — announced the fine on Google on Wednesday after an investigation found “serious illegal behavior” on the part of the US tech firm with regards to Android applications.
Trump hit back shortly afterwards.
“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 U.S., but not for long!” he wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
Trump’s trade war
While the European fine on Google was reportedly based on proven violations, Trump seemed to link the matter to a trade war he has launched on European countries.
The US president has on numerous occasions sharply criticized Europe for what he calls unfair trade…