European officials responded to comments made last week by President Obama questioning the motivation of European regulators' scrutiny of U.S. Web giants, saying all companies need to "play by the same rules."
During an interview with Re/code's Kara Swisher, President Obama suggested the European Commission's focus on large U.S. tech firms, including a years-long antitrust investigation of Google and ongoing tax probes of several companies, is motivated by protectionism.
European reaction to the president's remarks were first reported by the Financial Times, which quoted a European Commission spokesperson saying, "this point — that regulations are only there to shelter our companies — is out of line."
In response to a request for comment from Re/code, a European Commission spokeswoman offered a more measured response by email: