President Donald Trump continued to accuse top tech companies of using their power to promote a liberal agenda Thursday. He suggested that Google, Amazon, and Facebook raise antitrust concerns in an interview with Bloomberg News.
“I won’t comment on the breaking up, of whether it’s that or Amazon or Facebook,” he said. “As you know, many people think it is a very anti-trust situation, the three of them. But I just, I won’t comment on that.”
Trump added, “Conservatives have been treated very unfairly.”
The comments piled onto a series of tweets accusing Google of serving up “rigged” search results and failing to promote Trump’s State of the Union address as the company did during President Barack Obama’s. Google disputes that claim and Internet Archive screenshots show that Trump’s State of the Union was promoted on the company’s homepage.
Google is the main target of Trump’s ire this week but the president has also gone after other big tech companies. In comments to reporters Tuesday, he said Facebook, Twitter, and Google were “treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful.”
In the past, Trump has targeted Amazon, claiming the e-commerce giant has strongarmed the U.S. Postal Service into unfair terms. He also takes frequent aim at the company because its CEO Jeff Bezos independently owns The Washington Post, which the president considers to be biased.
In a 2017 interview with The Wall Street Journal, Amazon consumer CEO Jeff Wilke addressed competitive concerns.
“I think there’s a big difference between horizontal breadth and vertical depth … we have incredible competition,” Wilke said. “In world-wide retail, we’re less than 1 percent. We think our job is to keep inventing for customers in each of these areas, and we hope that if we continue to invent well, they’ll choose us to be one of the folks who wins.”