(Reuters) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested the European Union was out of line bringing lawsuits against U.S. technology companies like Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google LLC, saying legal action against those firms should be the purview of the United States.
"She hates the United States perhaps worse than any person I've ever met," President Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Network in an apparent reference to EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager.
"What she does to our country. She's suing all our companies. We should be suing Google and Facebook, and all that, which perhaps we will," he said. "They're suing Apple for billions of dollars. They're suing everybody."
"They make it almost impossible to do two-way business," President Trump said, reprising his frequent complaint that Europe treats the United States worse than China when it comes to trade.
President Trump also reiterated his view that social media companies were discriminating against conservatives.
Regulators in Europe sent a clear signal about how strictly they will enforce the bloc’s General Data Protection Regulation with a €50 million ($57.2 million) fine against Alphabet Inc.’s Google, and risk managers and other stakeholders should heed the warning and closely examine their privacy and data protection policies and processes, particularly in the area of informed consent for the use of personal information, experts say.