Google CEO Sundar Pichai plans to visit the White House during a visit to Washington this week, amid accusations by President Donald Trump and other Republicans that the search giant suppresses conservative views, according to a White House official familiar with the meeting.
Pichai will meet with White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Friday, the same day he’s due to meet with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other members of the House Republican caucus.
Google requested the meeting with Kudlow, director of the White House National Economic Council, to discuss domestic and international issues, the official said, declining to elaborate on what the specific topics might be. Google did not immediately return requests for comment.
The meetings come amid escalating conservative attacks on Google. Trump last month complained that the search giant is “rigged” to show users “bad” stories about him, warning that Google and other tech giants he labels as biased are “treading on very, very troubled territory.” That same day, Kudlow said the administration is “taking a look” at imposing regulations on Google, without elaborating. Shortly after, Trump said Google, Facebook and Amazon could be in a “very antitrust situation.” Google has disputed that its products or actions favor any type of political views.
In recent weeks, Google has antagonized members of both parties in other ways. Leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, angered that Google declined to send a top executive to a hearing on foreign election interference earlier this month, pointedly left an empty witness chair for the company. Democrats and Republicans have sharply questioned the company over reports that it’s contemplating launching a censored version of its search engine in China. Google has called the idea exploratory and says it’s not close to going into China.
A spokesman for McCarthy, who has ramped up attacks on leading internet companies for alleged bias ahead of the midterm elections, said the House Republicans’ meeting with Pichai will cover the company’s algorithms, data privacy and its dominance in the online search market.