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President Donald Trump told reporters during Wednesday’s coronavirus press briefing that he is not prepared to sign off on the proposed Oracle-TikTok partnership as he has not yet reviewed the terms.

The president further indicated that if public reporting regarding the deal is true — specifically the provision where TikTok’s parent company would retain a majority stake in the partnership — he could block the deal.

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 16: U.S. President Donald J. Trump speaks to the press during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on September 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump continues to trail challenger Joe Biden in the polls with the election less than two months away. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“No I’m not prepared to sign off on anything,” Trump said in response to a question from Bloomberg’s Mario Parker. “I have to see the deal. We need security after what we have seen, with respect to China and what is going on, we want security. I will let you know. They will report to me tomorrow morning.” (RELATED: Here’s Why Tech Experts Believe The Oracle-TikTok Deal Won’t Solve Security Problems)

“We don’t like that,” the president added on the idea of ByteDance retaining a majority stake in the partnership. “That hasn’t been told to me yet. That has been reported but not told to me. It could be accurate reporting for a change. If that’s the case I won’t be happy with that, assuming that’s China and I think it is.”


Oracle, TikTok, and ByteDance formally submitted a proposal late Sunday night that would make the U.S. corporation — helmed by Trump supporter Larry Ellison — a “trusted technology partner.”

Reporting suggested that ByteDance would still hold the controlling stake in the new venture, but Bloomberg reported Wednesday Oracle would house all TikTok user data in its U.S. servers and obtain access to the app’s source code to check for national security vulnerabilities. (RELATED: Sen Hawley Wants TikTok Deal With Oracle Rejected, Says Move Allows For China’s Control Over The App)

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Chelsea Clinton: Trump isnt building public confidence in a vaccine

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonGOP brushes back charges of hypocrisy in Supreme Court fight Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight Sunday shows - Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death dominates MORE and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Biden leads Trump by 12 points among Catholic voters: poll The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden goes on offense MORE, slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE on Tuesday for his response to the coronavirus pandemic, calling it “unconscionable” that Trump purposefully downplayed the threat of the virus. 

Clinton said in an interview on “The View” that she blames Trump for the country’s struggle to contain COVID-19. The U.S. hitting a milestone on Tuesday of 200,000 coronavirus deaths, the most in the world. 

.@ChelseaClinton tells @TheView “it’s unconscionable that [Pres. Trump] lied to the American public about COVID.”

“There’s a lot of blame for the president and his administration for where we are and where we’re supposed to be,” she adds.

— The View (@TheView) September 22, 2020

"I blame him [Trump] pretty fundamentally," said Clinton, who appeared on the show to promote her new children’s book “She Persisted in Sports.” "I think it's unconscionable that he lied to the American public about COVID, that he's continued to lie to the American people.” 

"He has such a blatant disregard for public health and the advice from public health experts that's pretty uniform around things like masks, the continued importance of social distancing, how much safer it is to be kind of outside than inside, how important good ventilation is. Things that we have known for months," Clinton added.

"I also blame him for all that he's not doing now to help prepare for when the scientists have proven a vaccine is safe and effective at scale,” the public health advocate continued. "I blame him for not having a transparent national plan for how he's gonna ensure that our front-line workers are vaccinated, that our elderly and medically compromised are vaccinated and then how the rest of us are gonna get vaccinated."

Clinton’s criticism of the president comes after Trump on Monday claimed at a rally in Swanton, Ohio, that the coronavirus affects “virtually nobody” beyond elderly people and those with pre-existing conditions. 

"We now know the disease, we didn't know it. Now we know it. It affects elderly people, elderly people with heart problems, and other problems. If they have other problems, that's what it really affects. That's it," Trump told the crowd. 

Trump has drawn increased scrutiny in recent weeks following journalist Bob Woodward’s release of tapes from interviews with the president, one of which from the spring revealed that Trump admitted to intentionally downplaying the threat of COVID-19 so as not to “create a panic.”

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