Trump, who previously pushed for a full sale of the TikTok service to an American company and threatened to otherwise ban the service, added that he expects to be briefed today on the proposal to make Oracle TikTok’s “trusted technology partner.”
“It has to be 100 percent as far as national security is concerned, and no, I’m not prepared to sign off on anything,” Trump said. “I have to see the deal.”
The proximity to Nov. 3 makes it a toss-up whether Trump will seek a tough line on China – or compromise and call it a win.
The key question is whether the deal proposed earlier this week to outsource data management to Oracle would do enough to address national security concerns that ByteDance could share Americans’ data with the Chinese government.
Top administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have raised concerns about such an arrangement, according