July 16, 2019 10:42 am

Trump says he will ‘take a look’ at claims Google is working with China

Peter Thiel, right, listens as then President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with technology industry leaders at Trump Tower in New York.

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

U.S. President Donald Trump is vowing to “take a look” at Google after a billionaire investor suggested it may have been infiltrated by Chinese intelligence.

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Early Tuesday morning, Trump in a tweet called Peter Thiel, “A great and brilliant guy who knows this subject better than anyone! The Trump Administration will take a look!”

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Over the weekend, Thiel said the FBI and the CIA should open an investigation into Google.

According to the Axios story, Theil said Google was “engaged in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the US military.”

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Google, in response to Thiel’s accusation, said: “We do not work with the Chinese military.”

— With a file from Reuters

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