President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that his Administration will look into the allegation by Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel that Google may have committed treason by working with the Chinese government, but not with the U.S. government.
Thiel was speaking at a national conservative conference when he said Google may have been infiltrated by the Chinese and should at least be investigated by the FBI and CIA, Fox News reported.
Thiel told Fox News he was just posing a set of questions that the U.S. needed answered about Google's willingness to work with the Chinese on AI, but not with the U.S. government.
Freshman Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), among others, has pressed Google on its reluctance to continue working with the Defense Department on a military project while working with China on artificial intelligence, which Defense Department officials argue could help the Chinese military.
Hawley had fired off a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai following a meeting between Google execs and President Trump--and Defense Department officials--over the issue Google's decision not to renew a contract with the Defense Department to use AI to improve military drones--some employees had argued working on the military project conflicted with Google's corporate values.