“We have some very big news on TikTok, TikTok is moving along,” the president told reporters before leaving the White House to attend a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Saturday.
He said that his administration was working with Oracle’s CEO Larry Ellison and Walmart to ensure that any deal with Bytedance would mean that security for the app “will be 100 percent.”
“They’ll be using separate clouds and a lot of very, very powerful security,” Trump said of Oracle’s proposed plans to establish a new company TikTok Global.
“It’ll be totally secure, that’ll be part of the deal.
“But we’ll see whether or not it all happens,” Trump said of the ongoing negotiations being overseen by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States that still need approval from Beijing.
“If they get it done. that’s great. If they don’t, that’s okay.
“Conceptually, I think it’s a great deal for America,” Trump said. “They’ll be hiring at least 25,000 people.”
“It’ll most likely be incorporated in Texas, it’ll be a brand new company … Billions of dollars of taxes will be paid every year, and hundreds of millions of users, and there’ll be happy so everybody will be happy. It’s a severance. It’ll continue to be named TikTok, as it was all along. And that’s it.”
Trump also doubled down on his key condition for any deal to go ahead. “It will have nothing to do with any outside land and the outside country, will have nothing to do with China,” he said.
According to an August executive order (pdf), current app owner Bytedance is required to divest its U.S. assets by Nov. 12 or see TikTok shutdown in the United States.
The Department of Commerce said Saturday that given the progress in the deal’s negotiations, Trump had given the green light for Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to delay the blocking of the TikTok app in U.S. app stores, as outlined in the executive order, from Sept. 20 to Sept. 27.
The president also told reporters that included in Oracle’s deal was a $5 billion contribution towards education in the United States.
“We’re gonna be setting up a very large fund for the education of American youth … That’s their contribution that I’ve been asking for,” he said.
He said the full details of the deal will be released “very soon.”