President Donald Trump told supporters Saturday in Finland that his administration would “take back the internet” if the country doesn’t “come to the table” with a deal on a deal with the International Telecommunications Union.
Trump’s comments come as the White House seeks to shore up support for its position that the ITC is “not in the best interests of the American people,” and is a “fraud.”
The comments come on the heels of Trump’s statement last week that the Internet is “just a fad,” and that the “fancy a good trip to Finland.”
He added that “if you look at the facts, they’re just a fads, and if you go back to when I came to this country, it was like, ‘Oh my god, the internet is not working, they don’t have jobs, nobody wants to use it.
What are we going to do?'”
The president has repeatedly threatened to withdraw the United States from the IETF if it fails to come to an agreement on a solution.
On Friday, Trump said he wants to renegotiate the pact, saying that the internet has “gone out of control,” and called for it to be reclassified as a utility, a move that would allow it to become a government-regulated industry.