After initially denying that they would be publishing a national Coronavirus website following an announcement by Trump administration announcing their participation, the Silicon Valley tech giant announced that they have entered into a partnership with the government to launch the site after all.
“We are fully aligned and continue to work with the US Government to contain the spread of COVID-19, inform citizens, and protect the health of our communities. (1/6) https://t.co/eI1uXra6AB— Google Communications (@Google_Comms) March 15, 2020
President Trump thanked Google during a Friday press conference for developing a website "very quickly" to facilitate testing - which he said 1,700 engineers were working on.
The site will help people evaluate their symptoms and direct them to a nearby "drive through" location for testing (while conveniently tracking potential cases).
Following the announcement, the New York Times reported that "Trump's comments caught Google completely off guard and executives rushed to issue a statement on Friday afternoon to temper expectations."
Yet on Sunday, Google CEO Sundar Pinchai confirmed that the site is set to launch on Monday.
In a Sunday tweet, Trump slammed the "Fake and Corrupt News," for not calling Google.
The Fake and Corrupt News never called Google. They said this was not true. Even in times such as these, they are not truthful. Watch for their apology, it won’t happen. More importantly, thank you to Google! https://t.co/AuvpbXNouW— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2020
This means that the resistance media, looking for any excuse to tarnish Trump's image in the face of a national emergency, just made tremendous fools of themselves for calling Trump a liar.
Remarkable new details about Trump's wildly incompetent hyping of coronavirus website:— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) March 15, 2020
* Google exes caught completely off guard
* Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai hadn't even talked to Kushner by then
* Trump keeps making stuff up on many other frontshttps://t.co/HMqUEpHSnE pic.twitter.com/63o7hXmdtb
The news media has been trying to report on the spread of the coronavirus. The president is flatly wrong below and he's trying to increase mistrust in the media during a health crisis. https://t.co/qrPUdw3vO8— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 15, 2020