Google ingratiates itself with the Trump Administration... While cashing in on the resistance
Google ingratiates itself with the Trump Administration... While cashing in on the resistance

No other company in America was as intimately tied to the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party during Barack Obama’s eight years in office than Google.

Today the company is doing everything it can to restore the same cozy White House access it enjoyed under President Obama. Eric Schmidt has attended at least two meetings with Trump and attended a third White House meeting with tech leaders last Monday.

At the same time, The Groundwork – a secretive Schmidt-funded startup that ran the Clinton campaign’s data operation – recently relaunched itself as a technology platform for liberal organizations working to fight the Trump Administration’s agenda.

By all appearances, Google appears to be working overtime to both ingratiate itself with the Trump Administration while simultaneously cashing in on the “resistance” to Trump’s agenda.

Seeking Favor

November 10, 2016:
Schmidt congratulates President-elect Trump: “I think we should congratulate the next President of the United States.

November 11, 2016:
Schmidt defends President-elect Trump advisor Peter Thiel from Silicon Valley backlash: “I am a Peter Thiel fan. I think that he is a brilliant entrepreneur, I like him personally, and I like a lot of things which he says… I admire what he did.”

November 17, 2016:
A day after Pichai discusses removing fake news sites, Schmidt says, “We, and I personally, believe very strongly that more information is better, even if it’s wrong.”

December 7, 2016:
Google looks to hire a conservative outreach manager to act as a liaison to conservative groups.

December 14, 2016:
Alphabet CEO Larry Page and Schmidt meet with President-elect Trump.

December 20, 2016:
Schmidt praises President Trump’s son in law and campaign adviser Jared Kushner: “Jared Kushner is the biggest surprise of the 2016 election… Jared understood the media world in the way the media folks didn’t… Remember all those articles about how they had no money, no people, organizational structure? Well, they won, and Jared ran it.”

January 4th, 2017:
Google hosts party for Republican lawmakers at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building.

January 12, 2017:
Schmidt meets with Republican Congressional leaders, Trump’s economic adviser Gary Cohn and Treasury Department Steve Mnuchin.

January 12, 2017:
Schmidt attends a private lunch with Jared Kushner.

January 13, 2017:
One day after Schmidt’s meeting with Kushner, Google donates $285,000 to the Trump Inaugural.

January 25, 2017:
Google parts ways with Democrat lobbying firm, The Podesta Group.

March 6, 2017:
Google hires Republican Senator Ted Cruz staffer Max Pappas to head the company’s Republican political advertising.

March 7, 2017:
Google hires Republican consulting firm Luntz Global to help with messaging and outreach to the Trump Administration.

March 16, 2017:
Google backs away from the legal fight against President Trump’s immigration travel ban after declining to sign on to a legal brief seeking to block the second version of the President’s executive order.

May 28, 2017:
Schmidt praises President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner for several of his policy initiatives.

June 19th, 2017:
Schmidt scheduled to attend American Technology Council summit meeting with President Trump.

Cashing in on the "Resistance"

November 1, 2016:
Hacked emails reveal that Eric Schmidt plays a key role in Hillary Clinton’s campaign, providing strategic advice on the campaign’s technology operation and funding a secretive startup called The Groundwork to provide data analytics for the Clinton campaign.

November 8, 2016:
Schmidt spotted at Hillary Clinton election night victory party wearing a Clinton campaign “staff” badge. 

November 15, 2016:
Google CEO Sundar Pinchai says that fake news bankrolled by Google-served ads may have swung election results in President-elect Donald Trump’s favor and that the company will remove fake news sites and stories promoting fake news. 

November 30, 2016:
Schmidt participates in new funding round for Democratic analytics startup Civis Analytics.

January 26, 2017:
Google lawyers urge Senator Diane Feinstein to oppose Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.

January 26, 2017:
Schmidt tells employees that the Trump Administration will “do evil things.”

January 27, 2017:
Google CEO Sundar Pichai slams President Trump’s immigration order in a note to employees.

January 28, 2017:
Google founder Sergey Brin joins protest against Trump Administration immigration order at San Francisco airport.

January 30, 2017:
Google employees stage a walkout to protest President Trump’s immigration executive order.

February 1, 2017:
Google signs on to Silicon Valley letter opposing President Trump immigration ban.

March 22, 2017:
Schmidt criticizes President Trump’s proposed cuts to science funding and immigration policy. 

May 29, 2017:
One day after Schmidt praises Kushner, the Trump Administration announces plans to disband a Labor Department division investigating Google for its compensation policies regarding women.

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