President Trump promises action against the EU over record Google antitrust fine

“President Trump has sharply criticised the European Union over the record €4.3 billion ($5.1bn) anti-trust fine levied [against Google] earlier this week,” Graeme Burton reports for V3. “The announcement of the findings had been due in June [but] was put back to prevent it from over-shadowing Trump’s state visit to Europe earlier this month.”

“In a tweet, Trump claimed that the fine was proof that the terms of trade between the EU and US were unfair: ‘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!'” Burton reports. “The case will almost certainly come up between President Trump and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in a meeting next week.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The EC fined Google because Google:

• has required manufacturers to pre-install the Google Search app and browser app (Chrome), as a condition for licensing Google’s app store (the Play Store);
• made payments to certain large manufacturers and mobile network operators on condition that they exclusively pre-installed the Google Search app on their devices; and
• has prevented manufacturers wishing to pre-install Google apps from selling even a single smart mobile device running on alternative versions of Android that were not approved by Google (so-called “Android forks”).

Google clearly breached EU antitrust rules as follows:

• Illegal tying of Google’s search and browser apps
• Illegal payments conditional on exclusive pre-installation of Google Search
• Illegal obstruction of development and distribution of competing Android operating systems

On, BTW, here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

Google Android before and after Apple iPhone

And, here’s what cellphones looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

cellphones before and after Apple iPhone

People who buy Android phones and tablets reward thieves.

Why Google owes the European Union $5 billion – July 18, 2018
EU hits Google with record €4.34 billion fine for abusing market dominance – July 18, 2018


  1. The Libs on here say a lot of stuff…..and it means nothing.

    All of you need to get a new reality check.
    The world has seen what you are made of and the countries that have suffered from it to this day will be better of when the last of the libs are ousted.

    Yes, I’m saying it….The whole world is watching,
    and they see how empty your rhetoric is.

    Good luck with that Socialist angle in the next 6 years.
    It will guarantee more tilt to the Right just as the last 8 have.
    I couldn’t have dreamed this any better….

    1. Ok, I’ll bite. What countries have suffered from liberalism? The European countries with the most comprehensive social democracies also rank the highest on most indices of happiness, health, personal liberty, and so forth. The illiberal nations rank lower and have droves of dissatisfied citizens leaving the country. The same is true in Africa, Asia, and Latin America: the liberal democracies are also the best places to live.

      That is not to suggest that the US should abandon genuine conservative principles. However, we did just that in the last election. Massive government intervention on behalf of a few favored businesses or a single demographic at the expense of everyone else is not conservative.

      That said, you may be right about a continued rightward tilt. Our Leader really could shoot somebody in the middle of Fifth Avenue without losing his core supporters. If selling out to Russia on live TV wouldn’t do it, why would anything else?

    2. You are truly delusional if you think the problems of the world are all due to increased freedom (i.e., liberalism). To establish rules and allow everyone the freedom to compete within those rules is how the modern world works. Why would you see any virtue is an angry fat old man who thinks he should unilaterally halt international trade, treat peaceful allies like enemies (his words), and schmooze behind closed doors with dictators? Is that the responsible government you want? Just because you and Trump think the 1800’s were really fun doesn’t mean the USA can turn back the clock.

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