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By Max Burman
Google refused "work on the Chinese military" on Saturday after President Donald Trump publicly criticized the company In an evening message posted on Twitter.
"Google helps China and their military, but not the United States," Trump said. "Terrible!"
The tech giant responded quickly.
"We are not working with the Chinese military. We work with the US government, including the Ministry of Defense, in many areas, including cyber security, recruitment and health care," a spokesman said.
Trump's criticism came just days after the Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the joint chief of staff, made similar comments in testimony before the congress.
"The work that Google does in China is indirectly beneficial to the Chinese military," Dunford said during a senate of armed services.
"We look with great concern when industry partners work in China and know there is the indirect benefit," he said. "Frankly," indirectly "can't be a full characterization of the way it really is, it's more direct benefit to the Chinese military."
In December, CEO Sundar Pichai appeared before the congresswhere he said there were no plans to start the search engine "right now," but refused to rule it out in the future.
In June, the company said it would Do not renew a contract to help the US military Analyze aerial drone images when it expires as the company tried to mitigate internal rebellion over the deal.
The defense program, Project Maven, set up a rebellion inside Google, as factions of employees opposed its technology used in warfare.
During the Senate Defense Committee's hearing on Thursday, Republican Senator Josh Hawley strongly criticized Google and referred to it as "an alleged US company."
Technical companies have been facing growing control from Washington and around the world over issues ranging from hate speech and privacy to foreign influence.
As technology companies have taken a more active role in reducing disinformation and abuse, they have also been exposed to conservatives for what they see as political bias.
Trump has offset similar accusations against Google before.