Trump goes after Google CEO Sundar Pichai in tweetstorm, says the exec visited the White House and fawned over the 'great job the Administration is doing'

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  • On Tuesday morning, President Trump went after Google CEO Sundar Pichai in a series of tweets.
  • Trump said Pichai "was in the Oval Office" following the 2016 election "working very hard to explain how much he liked me, what a great job the Administration is doing, that Google was not involved with China's military," he said.
  • The outburst from Trump was seemingly spurred by a segment on Fox Business' "Lou Dobbs Tonight," which featured a former Google engineer named Kevin Cernekee accusing Google of being anti-Trump.
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President Trump went after Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Tuesday morning in a series of tweets.

Trump said Pichai visited the White House's Oval Office at some point after the 2016 elecction and spent his time there, "working very hard to explain how much he liked me, what a great job the Administration is doing, that Google was not involved with China's military, that they didn't help Crooked Hillary over me in the 2016 Election, and that they are NOT planning to illegally subvert the 2020 Election despite all that has been said to the contrary."

Pichai and other tech leaders have repeatedly visited the White House since Trump was elected in 2016.

It wasn't immediately clear which meeting with Pichai to which Trump was referring, and White House press representatives didn't clarify as of publishing. Pichai's most recent meeting with Trump was in March, where the two men discussed relations with China and "political fairness."

Donald Trump Sundar PichaiDonald Trump and Sundar Pichai.Associated Press/Getty

Trump's outburst at Pichai was seemingly in response to a segment on Fox Business' "Lou Dobbs Tonight," which featured former Google engineer Kevin Cernekee.

Cernekee, who was fired from Google in 2018, said in an interview with "Fox & Friends" that Google is biased against Trump and is intentionally altering the way its service works. That interview was replayed in a segment on "Lou Dobbs Tonight," which Trump embedded in a tweet that read, "Check out what @Google is up to for the 2020 election!"

In the interview, Cernekee says that Google intends to, "use all the power and all the resources that they have to control the flow of information to the public and make sure that Trump loses in 2020."

Google has repeatedly denied as much, and Google representatives have testified in front of Congress that the allegations are unfounded. Google representatives didn't respond to a request for comment as of publishing.

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