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Donald said Tuesday that his administration will investigate a claim from the billionaire founder of PayPal that Google has been infiltrated by China.

Tech investor Peter Thiel, 51, made the comments during a speech at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington.

'Billionaire Tech Investor Peter Thiel believes Google should be investigated for treason. He accuses Google of working with the Chinese Government,' wrote on Twitter, quoting a segment on 'Fox & Friends.'

The president pronounced Thiel '[a] great and brilliant guy who knows this subject better than anyone!'

'The Administration will take a look!' he added.

Thiel, a Facebook board member who supported  in 2016 and spoke at the Republican National Convention, had slammed Google for working with the Chinese military while refusing to renew a contract with the Pentagon. He suggested Google's actions were 'seemingly treasonous.'

The billionaire founder of PayPal Peter Thiel, 51, has called on the FBI and CIA to investigate whether Google has been infiltrated by China

The billionaire founder of PayPal Peter Thiel, 51, has called on the FBI and CIA to investigate whether Google has been infiltrated by China

Thiel is the biggest supporter of Donald Trump in Silicon Valley and donated to his campaign

Thiel is the biggest supporter of Donald in Silicon Valley and donated to his campaign

Thiel also said American agencies should ask Google three questions to determine whether it had been infilitrated by Chinese intelligence services. 

'Number one: How many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated your Manhattan Project for AI (artificial intelligence)?

'Number two: Does Google's senior management consider itself to have been thoroughly infiltrated by Chinese intelligence? 

'Number three: Is it because they consider themselves to be so thoroughly infiltrated that they have engaged in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the US military.'

Thiel is the most high-profile supporter of the administration in Silicon Valley. 

He contributed $250,000 to the Victory Committee in October and was involved in the transition following the President's election victory.

Thiel, who spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention, hadn't made a donation to the committee since the 2016 election. 

The billionaire also praised 's foreign policy on Sunday, in particular his trade efforts in China, which he termed a 'signature achievement' of the administration. Thiel suggested the 25% tariff on Chinese goods should be thought of 'as a floor and not a ceiling.' 

Thiel said that American agencies should ask Google three questions, to determine whether it had been infiltrated by Chinese intelligence services

Thiel said that American agencies should ask Google three questions, to determine whether it had been infiltrated by Chinese intelligence services 

Google has faced criticism for its work on the controversial 'Project Dragonfly', a censored search engine for China.

The company admitted last year it had been looking at options to build a specialist search engine in China, but that it had no plans to launch it.

The firm said it had 'effectively ended' the project, with CEO Sundar Pichai assuring US Congress in December that it had 'no plans' to release the software.

Who is PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel?

Peter Thiel, 51, is an American entrepreneur and co-founder of PayPal, Palantir Technologies and Founders Fund. 

He has a net worth of $2.2 billion, and was 328th on the Forbes 400 in 2018, with a net worth of $2.5 billion.

Thiel was born in Frankfurt. 

He moved with his family to the United States as an infant, and spent a portion of his upbringing in South Africa and Namibia before returning to the United States.

Thiel became Facebook's first outside investor when he acquired a 10.2 per cent stake for $500,000 in August 2004. 

He sold the majority of his shares in Facebook for over $1 billion in 2012, but remains on the board of directors.

Thiel is seen as Donald 's biggest supporter in Silicon Valley. 

During the 2016 election campaign, he came out in support of , to the surprise of many, and gave him legitimacy in Silicon Valley. 

He contributed $250,000 to the Victory Committee in October and was involved in the transition following the President's election victory.

Thiel, who spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention, hadn't made a donation to the committee since the 2016 election. 

However, allegations from insiders at Google claim they have discovered hundreds of code changes on the project in the last few months.

This suggests that the project is still being worked on in secret. 

Google employees who looked into the latest status of Project Dragonfly claim that budgets for the project still contained 100 personnel names.

Around 500 alterations to the code used on the project were made in December, followed by 400 more at the start of this year, company insiders say.

Google was forced to climb down from its plans for Dragonfly, after revelations about the project drew fierce criticism and pressure from its employees.

Any search engine that operates in China would have to comply with the country's strict censorship policies.

Google pulled out of China in 2010 due to the firm's unwillingness to submit to these restrictions.

The firm's search engine and mail services remain blocked in mainland China along with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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