Google’s Eric Schmidt takes aim at Trump administration’s ‘evil things’: report

Money, not morality, drives the administration of President Donald Trump, and the White House will do “evil things” beyond controversial moves on immigration, said Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, according to a new report.

Schmidt advised the Obama White House and worked with the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign but of late has been reportedly engaged in a “charm offensive” to win support from Republican leaders and has met at least once with Trump.

Trump will no doubt be less than charmed by a remark Schmidt is said to have made to employees.

“I can tell you that the tone of this government is very much economic growth,” Schmidt said to employees at a weekly meeting in Mountain View on Jan. 26, according to BuzzFeed News. “And so I think at the end of the day, they are going to do these evil things as they’ve done in the immigration area and perhaps some others, but the core focus is going to be to get the growth rate in the country — which is roughly one and a half to two percent — up another point by simply pushing through increases in federal spending and overcoming the tea party.”

Employees of Google, which makes up most of Alphabet’s business, on Monday staged a worldwide walkout, with support from Google co-founder Sergey Brin and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, over Trump’s 90-day closure of U.S. borders to people from seven Muslim-majority nations.

Google relies heavily on immigrant workers, and Pichai in a Jan. 27 memo to employees said nearly 200 foreign-born workers may be affected by the ban.

The company declined to comment on Schmidt’s reported “evil things” comment, which BuzzFeed said was contained in a partial transcript of his speech and verified by unnamed sources said to be familiar with the matter.

Schmidt had previously attacked the Trump administration in a Jan. 26 talk to employees, the day before the executive order on America’s borders came down, according to Vice News.

“These prejudicial actions are discriminatory and anti-globalization, and I did everything I could to cause a different outcome,” Schmidt said, in reference to the expected order, according to Vice News. “There are limits to what we can do, there’s no question if the company is asked to do something that’s counter to our values, we would oppose it and actively fight it.”


Photo: Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet, in 2009. (Mark Lennihan/AP)


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