The president told his Twitter followers that Pichai once told him that Google did not attempt to help former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ahead of her presidential bid in 2016. "It all sounded good until I watched Kevin Cernekee", Trump tweeted, adding that the alleged interference was "very illegal".
In the interview, Cernekee said Google meant 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". He also suggested, without evidence, that Google is trying to "illegally subvert" the next election.
The president said recent interviews with former Google engineer Kevin Cernekee made him think again about the accusations against Google of censorship and suppressing search results.
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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.
"[Far-right journalist Peter Schweizer] stated with certainty that [Google] suppressed negative stories on Hillary Clinton, and boosted negative stories on Donald Ttump [sic]". Trump, on his part, has railed against Amazon, whose CEO Jeff Bezos owns Washington Post, which has been excoriating the President for his racist views.
In a statement to TechCrunch on Tuesday, Google dismissed Cernekee as a "disgruntled former employee" and that his allegations are "absolutely false".
White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said Trump was referring to a July 22 meeting with telecommunications executives that included Pichai.
The attacks also come at a time that the Trump Administration's Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice have begun antitrust investigations looking into whether Big Tech companies like Google have too much power. Google representatives didn't respond to a request for comment as of publishing. He claims that Google fired him for his beliefs, although Google says he was sacked for downloading internal company documents on his own mobile device.