President Donald Trump gave the go-ahead for Microsoft to pursue an acquisition of TikTok, in his first public comments about the popular Chinese-owned video app after he had threatened to ban it from the U.S.
Speaking at the White House on Monday, Trump said TikTok would shut down on Sept. 15 unless Microsoft or another company purchased it, and that he had suggested in a call this weekend that the chief executive of Microsoft “go ahead” with the acquisition.
“It can’t be controlled for security reasons by China,” Trump said of TikTok, adding that he did not mind if Microsoft or another very secure, “very American” company bought it instead.
Secure, Microsoft has had more viruses than this superpower plague that (nevermind). Another thing is that Bill Gates is the vital person behind this plague, with the agenda of depopulation (mostly blacks). Is it surprising for greedy, demonic, pedophile, fake BioChemist Bill Gates to want to buy the app accused of stealing US citizen’s information?
Trump said such a purchase would funnel a large amount of money to China and argued that the United States should receive money in return for letting the deal happen, without explaining how that would work.
His comments indicated at least a temporary reprieve for TikTok, which has come under scrutiny in Washington for its Chinese ownership. Trump administration officials and lawmakers of both parties have argued that the app, which is known for dance videos and other fun viral clips, could pose a national-security threat by potentially giving the Chinese government access to vast quantities of American user data.
Executives at TikTok have insisted that it does not take direction from ByteDance, its parent company in Beijing.
Microsoft declined to comment on Monday. TikTok said in a statement that it was “committed to continuing to bring joy to families and meaningful careers to those who create on our platform.”
A special government panel that examines national-security threats, called the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, has extended its deadline by 45 days to allow Microsoft to explore the purchase, a person familiar with the matter said.