"We did not know whether we would survive," one of the young team members admitted.
The penalty is the highest ever imposed on a company for breaching E.U. rules.
The U.S. ally — which is smaller than Connecticut and about as populous as Baltimore — found itself in the president's cross hairs.
The entrepreneur's apology came alongside praise for an opinion article that criticizes the media.
Analysis: While the complaint filed by the Mandalay Bay owner will be perceived as an offensive maneuver, it's the opposite.