In different information bears shit within the woods. In right this moment’s second-day President Trump information: ‘The Donald’ has seized, belatedly, on the European Commission’s announcement yesterday that Google is responsible of three kinds of unlawful antitrust conduct — with its Android OS, since 2011 — and that it’s fining the corporate $5 billion; a record-breaking penalty which the Commission’s antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, stated displays the size and gravity of the corporate’s competitors infringements.
Trump is just not! in any respect! satisfied! although!
“I told you so!” he has tweeted triumphantly simply now. “The European Union simply slapped a Five Billion Dollar wonderful on one in every of our nice firms, Google . They actually have taken benefit of the U.S., however not for lengthy!”
Also not so very way back, Trump was the one grumbling about U.S. tech giants. Though Amazon is his most frequent goal in tech, whereas Google has been spared the same old tweet lashings. Albeit, on the typical day he could not essentially be capable of inform one tech large from one other.
Vestager can although, and she or he cited Amazon as one of many firms that had suffered as a direct results of contractual situations Google imposed on machine makers utilizing its Android OS — squeezing the ecommerce large’s potential to construct a competing Android ecosystem, with its Fire OS.
Presumably, for Trump, Amazon is just not ‘one in every of our nice firms’ although.
At least it’s solely Google that will get his full Twitter consideration — and a particular Trumpian MAGA badge of honor call-out as “one of our great companies” — within the tweet.
Presumably, he hasn’t had this pointed out to him yet although. So, uh, awkward.
Safe to say, Trump is seizing on Google’s antitrust penalty as a keep on with beat the EU, set towards a backdrop of Trump already having slapped a sequence of tariffs on EU items, and Trump just lately threatening the EU with tariffs on automobiles — in what’s quick trying like a full blown commerce battle.
Even so, Trump’s tweet in all probability wasn’t the type of help Google hoped to solicit by way of its personal Twitter missive yesterday…
#AndroidWorksButTradeWarsDon’t doesn’t make for essentially the most elegant hashtag.
But right here’s the factor: Vestager has already responded to Trump’s assault on the Android determination — despite the fact that it’s going down a day late. Because the EU’s “tax lady”, as Trump has been recognized to vaguely seek advice from her, is each lit and onit.
During yesterday’s press convention she was particularly requested to anticipate Trump’s tantrum response on listening to the EU antitrust determination towards Google, and whether or not she wasn’t afraid it would have an effect on subsequent week’s assembly between the US president and the European Commission’s president, Jean-Claude Juncker.
“As I know my US colleagues want fair competition just as well as we do,” she responded. “There is a respect that we do our job. We have this very simple mission to make sure that companies play by the rulebook for the market to serve consumers. And this is also my impression that this is what they want in the US.”
Pressed once more on political context, given the worsening commerce relationship between the US and the EU, Vestager was requested how she would clarify that her discovering towards Google is not a part of an overarching anti-US narrative — and the way would she reply Trump’s rivalry that the EU’s “tax lady… really hates the US”.
“Well I’ve done my own fact checking on the first part of that sentence. I do work with tax and I am a woman. So this is 100% correct,” she replied. “It is just not right for the latter a part of the sentence although. Because I very very similar to the US. And I feel that will even be what you assume as a result of I’m from Denmark and that tends to be what we do. We just like the U.S. The tradition, the folks, our buddies, touring. But the very fact is that this [finding against Google] has nothing to do with how I really feel. Nothing in any respect. Just in addition to implementing competitors regulation — nicely, we do it on this planet however we don’t do it in a political context. Because then there would by no means, ever be a proper timing.
“The mission could be very easy. We have to guard customers and competitors to make it possible for customers get the most effective of truthful competitors — selection, innovation, very best costs. This is what we do. It has been done before, we’ll proceed to do it — irrespective of the political context.”
Maybe Trump will be capable of study the identify of the EU’s “tax lady” if Vestager ends up EU president next year.
Or, nicely, possibly not. We can solely hope so.