Top White House official dodges question of whether Biden will demand sale of China’s TikTokavril 7, 2021
A senior member of Joe Biden’s cabinet has dodged a question as to whether the president will demand the sale TikTok’s US operations.
Earlier this year it was announced that Mr Biden was reviewing a decision made by his predecessor, Donald Trump, who wanted to see the US operation’s of China’s TikTok told to an American firm.
While Mr Trump insisted his decision to seek the sale was based on concerns about national security, many believes he was using the issue as a lever in a broader trade war with China, that also involved tariffs and loud rhetoric.
“I don’t mind whether it’s Microsoft or someone else, a big company, a secure company, a very American company buys it,” Mr Trump told reporters last summer.
“It’ll close down on Sept. 15 unless Microsoft or somebody else is able to buy it and work out a deal, an appropriate deal, so the Treasury of the United States gets a lot of money.”
In February, the Wall Street Journal said the Biden administration had put the deal, to sell the video and messaging social media platform US operations to Oracle and Walmart, had been placed under review.
On Wednesday, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo was asked at the White House if she felt TikTok should be sold.