President Donald Trump tweeted Monday that, despite the assurances of Google CEO Sundar Pichai, he believed that Google had worked against him during the 2016 election and planned to work against him again in 2020. He promised that the government would watch the search engine "very closely."
What did he say?
On Twitter, Trump said that Pichai had tried to convince him that Google had not aided the Democrats in 2016.
"It all sounded good," he tweeted, "until I watched Kevin Cernekee, a Google engineer, say terrible things about what they did in 2016 and that they want to "Make sure Trump losses in 2020."
Cernekee was a former Google engineer who was fired from the company. He claimed to have been bullied for being politically conservative. During an interview on Monday with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Cernekee claimed that Google employees had "made every excuse in the book to avoid taking down something that made Donald Trump look bad."
"They thought Trump should have lost in 2016," he added. "They really want Trump to lose in 2020. That's their agenda."
Cernekee also appeared on "Fox & Friends" Monday, a show that Trump has been known to frequently watch and live tweet.
Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer's interview with Lou Dobbs, which Trump also referenced, occurred on Monday as well. Schweizer had claimed that Google was "going to go all in" to defeat Trump in 2020.
On March 27, Trump tweeted that he had met with Pichai and that "[h]e stated strongly that he is totally committed to the U.S. Military, not the Chinese Military" and "discussed political fairness and various things that @Google can do for our country." At the time, Trump concluded that the meeting had "ended very well!"