President Trump ripped the media at a coronavirus press briefing for negative coverage he received over the way he touted a Google website that would assess user symptoms and direct them to a proper testing location. Trump said CEO Sundar Pichai called him to apologize after confusion created by the media while holding a piece of paper showing Google's statement on Twitter.
"I want to thank the people at Google and Google communications because as you know, they substantiated what I said on Friday," Trump said Sunday. "The head of Google, who’s a great gentleman, called us and he apologized. I don’t know where the press got their fake news, but they got it someplace. But as you know, this is from Google. They put out a release and you guys can figure it out yourselves. And how that got out, and I’m sure you’ll apologize. But it would be great if we could really give the news correctly. It would be so, so wonderful."
The president addressed the controversy in a tweet calling for an apology from the media:
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