In another example, in which a few mouthfuls of newsreaders are dragged to the top of the White House, before they are partially digested and fooled into a series of Twitter eggs, Donald Trump accuses the tech giants Google, the Chinese Helping the military (as well as "Crooked Hillary Clinton") on Saturday.
"Google is helping China and its military, but not the US," wrote the president. The good news is that they helped Crooked Hillary Clinton and not Trump … and how did that happen? "
The obvious context for this sprawling writing seems to be a git this week, at which the chairman The Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Dunford, who accused Google of refusing to support the US military during a hearing of the US Army Senate, combined with a (unspecified) "direct advantage for the Chinese Dunford did not elaborate on exactly what he was The refusal to work with the US almost certainly refers to Google's decision to abandon a giant drone AI imaging program for the Pentagon, with many employees being ethical Concerns have been voiced or even resigned.
What Dunford (and the president) I think Google is less clear for China. Google has only limited operations in the country after leaving censorship and human rights concerns behind. However, it is reported that he plans to return to the Chinese market with a secret, censored search engine code-named "Project Dragonfly." More worryingly, Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan seemed to point out during the hearing that the Pentagon sees the normal daily economic transfer of civilian technology between the US and China as a threat, given the far-reaching links between China's economy and its military.
Most likely, the president heard some sort of sound bite about Google and China in connection with the hearing, but did not ponder the peculiarities before using them as an opportunity to make another wild allegation in the company. Over the past year, Trump has indiscriminately blacklisted his speeches, favored Liberals in search results, and other vicious conspiracies against him. Add support of the People's Liberation Army to the rascal list.
While conservatives have been trying to trick outrage at tech companies for some time, most threats have become under-active. More and more people are talking about colossal companies that control much of online life, including Google, which faces some sort of antitrust lawsuit. The Federal Trade Commission recently set up a committee to investigate just that – but the US regulators have been largely in the air. (This is not quite the case in Europe, where Reuters reported that Google is likely to face a third antitrust fine next week.)
In any case, the president seems to live in a state of eternal present and regularly announces new ones Abuses against perceived enemies before they deal with previous ones, so there's a pretty good chance that this Google China stuff will be forgotten tomorrow. Today, just days after a terrible terrorist attack on mosques in New Zealand that killed at least 50 people and injured dozens, Trump tweeted another video of ominous music claiming that undocumented immigration to the US was a national emergency.
Updated: 16.03.2014 at 19:03 ET: This article has been updated to point out that the authorities on Sunday (New Zealand Times) have indicated that the number of attacks on Christchurch mosques has risen to at least 50.
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