Donald Trump Says US Will Ban TikTok Unless American Company Buys It

Donald Trump said TikTok would be banned in the US beginning September 15, unless it is bought by an American company and helps the economy.

Jessica David

August 4, 2020

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On Monday (August 3), US President Donald Trump said the popular Chinese app TikTok will be banned in the country beginning September 15, unless it is bought by an American company and asserted that a substantial amount of the buyout deal should go to the treasury. Technology giant Microsoft is in talks with TikTok’s parent company ByteDance to buy its US operation. However, the President is in favour of a complete 100 per cent purchase and not 30 per cent as reportedly being negotiated now. Trump confirmed to reporters that he spoke to Microsoft’s India-born CEO Satya Nadella on the issue.

He told reporters in the Cabinet Room of the White House, “We had a great conversation. Nadella called me to see how I felt about it. I said, look, it can’t be controlled for security reasons by China. It’s too big, too invasive. It can’t be. I don’t mind whether it’s Microsoft or somebody else, a big company, American company buys it. It’s probably easier to buy the whole thing rather than to buy 30 per cent of it.”

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