Trump slams the EU for fining Google £3.8 billion days after claiming the bloc is one of America’s biggest ‘foes’


DONALD Trump has blasted the EU over a record £4billion fine “slapped” on Google – saying “I told you so” days after branding the bloc a “foe” of the US.

The search giant was handed the mega fine for breaching competition laws and was also ordered to stop using its Android mobile operating system to block its rivals.

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President Trump has slammed the EU’s decision to fine Google for breaching competition laws[/caption]

Trump took to Twitter over the decision: “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 US, but not for long!”

In an interview aired on Sunday by CBS, Trump labelled the EU a “foe” with regard to trade.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is scheduled to meet with Trump at the White House next Wednesday to discuss trade and other issues.

Google said it would appeal against the European Union’s decision.

The €4.34 billion fine is nearly double the previous penalty that the company was ordered to pay last year, but it represents a little more than two weeks of revenue for its parent company, Alphabet Inc.

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The EU imposed the £3.8bn fine as part of a major[/caption]

Why did the EU fine Google?

The fine is related to Google’s abuse of its Android mobile phone software to get a leg-up over rivals, with the EU saying Google acted illegally.

While the EU says its investigating the firm on a host of charges around dodgy corporate behaviour, this specific fine relates to an anti-trust investigation around Google’s Android software.

Like Apple’s iOS, Android is simply computer code that powers smartphones.

But unlike Apple, Google lends its Android software out to other phone makers, who load it onto their own devices.

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The problem is that Google contracts force these Android phone makers to take on Google services.

If you want to use Google’s Play app store, you’ll need to also install Google’s search and browser apps (and other services, too) on the phone.

Anti-trust investigators believe this allowed Google to abuse its market dominance in mobile phones to promote its other services.

The EU confirmed the fine on July 18, 2018.

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