The remarks were made at Google’s Mountain View HQ the day before Trump signed an executive order banning refugees from entering the U.S.
Donald Trump is going to do “evil things” as president.
That’s what Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt told employees of Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet, at a meeting last week in their Mountain View, California headquarters.
The remarks were made a day before the president signed a series of executive orders that curtailed immigration from certain countries and put a halt on Syrian refugees entering the United States.
A partial transcript of Schmidt’s remarks was obtained by BuzzFeed News:
“I can tell you that the tone of this government is very much economic growth,” Schmidt told employees, according to the transcript provided by a source. “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.”
The remarks, which parrot those of DNC Chair candidate Rep. Keith Ellison who also called Trump “evil,” came just days after Schmidt traveled to Trump Tower for a second meeting with the then-President-elect. Schmidt’s first meeting with Trump took place in December, when he joined executives from Google, Apple, Amazon and other tech giants for a meeting to discuss free trade, cybersecurity, and job creation.
Schmidt’s remarks were echoed by Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who penned a memo criticizing Trump’s executive orders.
“It’s painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues,” Pichai wrote in the memo, a copy of which was obtained by Bloomberg News. “We’ve always made our view on immigration issues known publicly and will continue to do so.”
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