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    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the New York Times report on President Trump's tax returns comes with broad national security implications. The California Democrat wondered whether foreign governments might have “leverage” on Trump during an interview with NBC News on Monday as the president has hundreds of millions of dollars in loans coming due in the next few years. “This president appears to have over $400 million in debt. To whom? Different countries? What is the leverage they have? So, for me, this is a national security question,” Pelosi said. “We take an oath to protect and defend. This president is commander in chief. He has exposure to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, to whom?...
    By AAMER MADHANI and DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Revelations that President Donald Trump is personally liable for more than $400 million in debt are casting a shadow over his presidency that ethics experts say raises national security concerns he could be manipulated to sway U.S. policy by organizations or individuals he’s indebted to. New scrutiny of Trump, who claims great success as a private businessman, comes after The New York Times reported that tax records show he is personally carrying a staggering amount of debt -- including more than $300 million in loans that will come due in the next four years. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was blunt about the potential implications. “He may be vulnerable to...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Revelations that President Donald Trump is personally liable for more than $400 million in debt are casting a shadow over his presidency that ethics experts say raises national security concerns he could be manipulated to sway U.S. policy by organizations or individuals he’s indebted to. New scrutiny of Trump, who claims great success as a private businessman, comes after The New York Times reported that tax records show he is personally carrying a staggering amount of debt -- including more than $300 million in loans that will come due in the next four years. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was blunt about the potential implications. “He may be vulnerable to financial blackmail from a hostile foreign power...
    WASHINGTON – Revelations that President Donald Trump is personally liable for more than $400 million in debt are casting a shadow over his presidency that ethics experts say raises national security concerns he could be manipulated to sway U.S. policy by organizations or individuals he’s indebted to. New scrutiny of Trump, who claims great success as a private businessman, comes after The New York Times reported that tax records show he is personally carrying a staggering amount of debt -- including more than $300 million in loans that will come due in the next four years. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was blunt about the potential implications. “He may be vulnerable to financial blackmail from a hostile foreign power and...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Revelations that President Donald Trump is personally liable for more than $400 million in debt are casting a shadow over his presidency that ethics experts say raises national security concerns he could be manipulated to sway U.S. policy by organizations or individuals he’s indebted to. New scrutiny of Trump, who claims great success as a private businessman, comes after The New York Times reported that tax records show he is personally carrying a staggering amount of debt — including more than $300 million in loans that will come due in the next four years. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was blunt about the potential implications. “He may be vulnerable to financial blackmail from a hostile foreign power...
    The top-ranked Democrat in Washington has called President Donald Trump's alleged tax avoidance a question of "national security". Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, asked whether Mr Trump owed money to foreign interests, following an article on his financial records by the New York Times. It alleges Mr Trump paid only $750 (£580) in federal income tax in both 2016 and 2017. Mr Trump called the report "fake news". Speaking on NBC, Ms Pelosi said the report showed that "this president appears to have over $400m in debt". "To whom? Different countries? What is the leverage they have?" she asked, adding: "So for me, this is a national security question." "The fact that you could have a...
    (CNN)As the world braces for a possible second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is also growing concern in the counterterrorism, scientific and global public health communities over the potential future threat posed by bio-engineered pathogens.A few weeks ago, scientists at the US Military Academy at West Point warned that "the wide availability of the protocols, procedures, and techniques necessary to produce and modify living organisms combined with an exponential increase in the availability of genetic data is leading to a revolution in science affecting the threat landscape that can be rivaled only by the development of the atomic bomb." One scenario prompting particular concern is a contagious virus created or modified by a terrorist group or other bad actor...
    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration faces ongoing court battles after two legal setbacks in its efforts to bar U.S. app stores from offering Chinese-owned TikTok or WeChat for download. In two separate rulings, judges have questioned the evidence that data from American users is being accessed by the Chinese government imperiling U.S. national security that prompted the extraordinary orders by the U.S. Commerce Department. U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols, who issued an order late Sunday blocking the TikTok download ban that was set for 11:59 p.m. Sunday, questioned the government's evidence. "The government has provided ample evidence that China presents a significant national security threat, although the specific evidence of the threat posed by (TikTok), as...
    Madison Summers September 28, 2020 0 Comments House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is calling the report alleging the president is facing over $400 million in loans and other debts a “national security” issue. Reacting to the tax story from The New York Times, Pelosi said during Monday’s MSNBC interview on the president’s apparent debt is, “For me, this is a national security question.” She later added, “We take an oath to protect and defend. This president is the commander-in-chief. He has exposure to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, to whom? The public has the right to know.” Pelosi warned, “The fact is over $400 million in leverage that somebody has over the president of the...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” that The New York Times  story on President Donald Trump’s tax returns shows debt that raises “a national security question.” Pelosi said, “I’m an intelligent person, as you know and I do know that if there is a review of somebody if they’re going to be federally appointed to a job or whatever, if they have outstanding debt, that is an important factor, because that means somebody else has leverage over them. This president appears to have over $400 million in debt, $420 million, whatever it is, million dollars in debt. To whom? Different countries? What is the leverage they have? So for me, this is...
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi reacted to the bombshell report on President Donald Trump’s tax records with questions about exactly who he’s in debt to. Andrea Mitchell asked Pelosi if anyone should expect political ramifications from these revelations, given how lots of reporting has come out about the president and his finances but “nothing seems to stick.” Pelosi brushed aside the politics to bring up what she said was a serious national security question: “I’m an intelligence person, as you know, and I do know that if there is a review of somebody if they’re going to be federally appointed to a job or whatever, if they have outstanding debt, that is an important factor, because that means somebody else has...
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., conducts a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on Thursday, June 4, 2020.Tom Williams | CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images President Donald Trump's reported massive debts raise "a national security question," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Monday. "This president appears to have over $400 million in debt ... To whom? Different countries? What is the leverage they have? So for me, this is a national security question," Pelosi said in the interview.  Pelosi's remarks come after The New York Times published a groundbreaking report Sunday claiming Trump has $421 million of debt coming due soon in addition to an outstanding audit fight with the...
    A group of 70 senior government officials who worked with various Republican administrations dating back to Richard Nixon endorsed President Trump for re-election on Monday, citing his accomplishments on foreign policy and national security. In an open letter, 70 former officials, including governors, senators, national security advisers, military generals and ambassadors from the Trump, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Reagan, Nixon and Ford administrations, lauded the president for pursuing a "strong foreign and national security policy in America's interests." POMPEO: TRUMP FOREIGN POLICY HAS MADE AMERICANS LIVES 'SAFER,' MORE 'SECURE' "We also believe that a president’s duty and loyalty are owed, first and foremost, to the American people, and not the international community, which is consistent with strengthening our alliances and friendships,"...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's debts reported by the New York on Sunday raised national security issues, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Monday, adding that the public deserves to know to whom he owes money. Pelosi, in an interview with MSNBC, said it was not clear who held the debts and if it involved different countries, which could hold leverage over the Republican president: "To me this is a national security question." (Reporting by Susan Cornwell and Susan Heavey, Editing by Franklin Paul) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    A federal judge on Sunday postponed a Trump administration order that would have banned the popular video sharing app TikTok from U.S. smartphone app stores around midnight. A more comprehensive ban remains scheduled for November, about a week after the presidential election.  The ruling followed an emergency hearing Sunday morning in which lawyers for TikTok argued that the administration's app-store ban would infringe on First Amendment rights and do irreparable harm to the business. The judge, Carl Nichols of the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia, did not agree to postpone the later ban.  Earlier this year, President Trump declared that TikTok was a threat to national security and that it must either sell its U.S. operations to...
    THE first step of Donald Trump’s controversial ban on TikTok has been halted by a federal judge at the last minute. The temporary block has dealt a blow to the White House which sees the Chinese-owned app as a threat to national security. Reuters 1 President Trump had announced he planned to officially ban TikTok in the US The order, which was due to come into effect at 23.59pm last night, was the first stage of plans to ban TikTok throughout the US. It would have forced Apple and Google to remove the app from their stores preventing new users from downloading it. It would not, however, have stopped existing users from still being able to access the...
    NEW YORK - A federal judge on Sunday postponed a Trump administration order that would have banned the popular video sharing app TikTok from U.S. smartphone app stores around midnight.  A more comprehensive ban remains scheduled for November, about a week after the presidential election. The judge, Carl Nichols of the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia, did not agree to postpone the later ban.  The ruling followed an emergency hearing Sunday morning in which lawyers for TikTok argued that the administration's app-store ban would infringe on First Amendment rights and do irreparable harm to the business.  Earlier this year, President Donald Trump declared that TikTok was a threat to national security and that it must either sell its U.S. operations to American...
    Giving gifts to our adversaries has been the only consistent foreign policy Trump ever managed. The Sunday shows were sleepy today—unusually so, given the nomination of a new would-be Supreme Court justice less than 24 hours ago. It may be that we have simply lost our ability to be entranced by The Usual Bullshit. Newest Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows held forth on a few topics, for example, but because ex-House Republican Mark Meadows has been a lying, gross hack since the day he flopped, like a bag of wet laundry, onto the national scene, none of it amounted to a hill of beans. The Sunday shows’ go-to format, in which the nation's most powerful and connected people sit...
    Loading the player... Lawyers for TikTok pleaded with a U.S. federal judge on Sunday to delay the Trump Administration’s ban of the popular video sharing program from app stores set to take effect at the end of the day, arguing the move would infringe on First Amendment rights and do irreparable harm to the business. The 90-minute hearing came after President Donald Trump declared this summer that TikTok was a threat to national security and that it either sold its U.S. operations to U.S. companies or the app would be barred from the country. TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, is scrambling to firm up a deal tentatively struck a week ago in which it would partner with tech...
    NEW YORK - Lawyers for TikTok pleaded with a U.S. federal judge on Sunday to delay the Trump administration's ban of the popular video sharing program from app stores set to take effect at the end of the day, arguing the move would infringe on First Amendment rights and do irreparable harm to the business. The 90-minute hearing came after President Donald Trump declared this summer that TikTok was a threat to national security and that it either sold its U.S. operations to U.S. companies or the app would be barred from the country. TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, is scrambling to firm up a deal tentatively struck a week ago in which it would partner with tech...
    Bradley Cortright September 27, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump’s former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster is ruling out the possibility that the military would be involved in a presidential transfer of power after the election. During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday, McMaster was asked about reports that senior Military officials are concerned that the armed forces may be dragged into the process of a potential transfer of power. “The Military will have no role in a transition. In fact, to even talk about it, I think is irresponsible,” McMaster responded. He continued, “If you detect some reticence on the part of senior military leaders or people in the Pentagon to talk about it, it’s...
    Attorneys for TikTok argued Sunday morning during a dial-in hearing that a ban by the Trump administration would be “devastating,” and urged a judge to block it until the entire case can be decided. TikTok’s attorney said the ban that would prevent new downloads of TikTok from Apple and Google’s app stores at 11:59PM ET today was essentially “shutting down speech.” But the government’s lawyers argued that First Amendment claims by TikTok don’t apply, because the Trump administration considers the app a national security risk. On August 6th, President Trump issued an order saying the security concerns about TikTok and WeChat, both China-based apps, constituted a national emergency. He invoked the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), which lets...
    Former White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster said the military will not be involved in a potential transfer of power in 2021, calling it “irresponsible” to discuss. “The military will have no role in a transition. In fact, to even talk about it, I think is irresponsible,” McMaster said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. “If you detect some reticence on the part of senior military leaders or people in the Pentagon to talk about it, it’s because it shouldn’t even be a topic for discussion.” “Our Founders were very concerned about this,” he added, noting the framers of the Constitution’s emphasis on separation of the military from politics. TODAY: Former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster says “the...
    There’s clearly a pragmatic incentive to allow reused rockets. The Space Force expects to save $52.7 million for the GPS III missions alone. It might also be difficult to insist on brand new rockets. SpaceX is shifting its focus to Starship, and might not be eager to make more Falcon 9 rockets than necessary. This also reflects added trust in SpaceX. Although the company has clearly played a crucial role in US government launches through projects like Crew Dragon, the contract represents another level of confidence.
    The Trump administration has announced a rule limiting the open-ended stay for international students from countries, amid concerns about overstays, fraud and potential risks to national security. The new rule, proposed by the Department of Homeland Security, would allow those coming into the U.S. onto an F or J nonimmigrant visa to be limited to a stay of four years. Currently students are allowed to remain in the country as long as they can show that their period of study is ongoing. DHS CHIEF WOLF SAYS BORDER CROSSERS NOW MOSTLY SINGLE ADULTS COMING FOR ECONOMIC REASONS  The rule submission says that, currently, “admitting a nonimmigrant for duration of status creates a challenge to the Department's ability to efficiently monitor and...
    Preston Ehrler/SOPA Images via ZUMA For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.Today Barton Gellman tells me something that I didn’t know: “the consent decree is gone.” Here’s what that means: The 2020 presidential election will be the first in 40 years to take place without a federal judge requiring the Republican National Committee to seek approval in advance for any “ballot security” operations at the polls. In 2018, a federal judge allowed the consent decree to expire, ruling that the plaintiffs had no proof of recent violations by Republicans. The consent decree, by this logic, was not needed, because it worked. The order had its origins in the New...
    When the Crossfire Hurricane team was using the Christopher Steele dossier to secure a surveillance warrant for former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, they knew that its primary sub-source was deemed a possible "national security threat" and was previously the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation. The team's knowledge of the situation — and their failure to disclose it — was recently revealed in an FBI memo sent Thursday by Attorney General William Barr, CBS correspondent Catherine Herridge reported.#Durham BREAKING: The primary sub-source for the Steele dossier was deemed a possible “national security threat” +… https://t.co/jGHkqsfWsA — Catherine Herridge (@Catherine Herridge)1600988462.0What are the details?"Between May 2009 and March 2011, the FBI maintained an investigation into the individual who later...
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - A student arrested in Hong Kong on suspicion of selling weapons online faces charges of inciting secession under a security law imposed on the city by China three months ago, a senior police officer said on Friday. Police arrested the 23-year-old man and his mother, 49, on Thursday on suspicion of selling pepperball guns, knives, and other offensive weapons, and on further investigation found online posts promoting the use of violence to win independence from China, Steve Li, senior superintendent in the police's new national security unit, said. Li did not give the names of the suspects. Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law on June 30 to punish with up to life in prison, anything...
    U.S. Attorney John Durham discovered that the primary sub-source for British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s discredited dossier was investigated by the FBI as a possible “threat to national security," but the bureau never told the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and used the dossier anyway. The revelation was made public Thursday evening by Republican Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, who is conducting an investigation of the Trump-Russia investigators. He made public a letter from Attorney General William Barr along with an unclassified FBI overview, created at Barr’s behest, of the FBI’s 2009-2011 counterintelligence investigation into Steele’s main source, U.S.-based Russian lawyer Igor Danchenko, who the bureau suspected of being a Russian agent, according to a newly declassified footnote from DOJ...
    Photo credit: Saul Loeb, AFP via Getty Images. Retired four-star Coast Guard admiral Paul Zukunft told Politico on Thursday he has endorsed Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 race following what he views an “insurgency” that President Donald Trump has been waging upon the constitutional rights of American citizens. “I’ve seen an insurgency, if you will, on our constitutional rights and more power being centralized at the executive level that has really divided our nation,” the now retired high-ranking admiral told Politico. “I am concerned that our constitutional rights are being infringed upon from within,” he added. Zukunft joined in signing onto an open letter Thursday along with nearly 500 other former national security leaders questioning the fitness of Trump. “The current president has demonstrated...
    Former Trump national security adviser H.R. McMaster chided President Trump for initially declining to commit to a peaceful transition of power should he lose the election. McMaster said Trump's answer echoed what the "founders feared" about loyalty to political parties over the country. He also criticized those saying the U.S. military should have a role in the transition of power. "Did you ever think you'd hear that coming from a president of the United States?" CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked. "No, Wolf. This is very disappointing," McMaster said. "And really this is something that our founders feared. If you go back to the Federalist Papers and look at what James Madison and Alexander Hamilton wrote about, they wrote...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump's former national security adviser H.R. McMaster lamented Thursday the President's refusal to commit to providing a peaceful post-election transition of power on Thursday and dismissed the notion of potential military involvement. Retired Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster added to a chorus of high-level officials grappling with the comments while promising a smooth transfer of authority in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room.""This is very disappointing, and really, this is something that our founders feared," McMaster told Blitzer. He referenced warnings from founding fathers James Madison and Alexander Hamilton in the Federalist Papers on the dangers of identifying with factional political parties, instead of with the nation as a whole, as a potential road...
    Lawyers for former national security adviser John Bolton told a judge Thursday they want to interview White House officials following new allegations that a pre-publication review of his tell-all book was politicized in an effort to block its release. Michael Kirk, a lawyer for Bolton, said the interviews were needed to help establish whether President Donald Trumps political appointees at the White House acted in “bad faith” when overruling the judgment of a career classification official and concluding that Boltons manuscript still contained classified information. A lawsuit over Boltons book, including on the question of whether the Justice Department is entitled to proceeds from the publication, is still pending even though a judge in June denied a request for an...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for former national security adviser John Bolton told a judge Thursday they want to interview White House officials following new allegations that a pre-publication review of his tell-all book was politicized in an effort to block its release. Michael Kirk, a lawyer for Bolton, said the interviews were needed to help establish whether President Donald Trump’s political appointees at the White House acted in “bad faith” when overruling the judgment of a career classification official and concluding that Bolton’s manuscript still contained classified information. A lawsuit over Bolton’s book, including whether the Justice Department is entitled to profits, is still pending even though a judge months ago refused to block the release. Arguments in the...
    'Thanks to his disdainful attitude and his failures, our allies no longer trust or respect us, and our enemies no longer fear us.' Almost 500 national security experts — including 22 four-star military officers — slammed Donald Trump in a public letter released Thursday, calling him unfit for his role as commander in chief and endorsing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. The letter, simply addressed "To Our Fellow Citizens," is a bipartisan effort signed by prominent Republicans and Democrats alike who say they "fear" for their country under Trump. Signatories include former Navy Secretary and NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe, who served in both Bush administrations, and former Defense Secretaries Chuck...
    Joe Biden “is the leader our nation needs,” according to 489 retired generals, admirals, senior noncommissioned officers, ambassadors, and senior civilian national security officials. “We love our country,” the group, which included Republicans and independents as well as Democrats, wrote in an open letter. “Unfortunately, we also fear for it.” Nowhere does the letter mention Donald Trump by name, though throughout it cites Biden’s good qualities in ways obviously distinguishing him from Trump: empathy, honesty, “experience and wisdom,” personal responsibility, “sound judgment, thorough understanding, and fundamental values.” Biden’s good qualities overwhelm policy differences, the 489 former officials write. “While some of us may have different opinions on particular policy matters, we trust Joe Biden’s positions are rooted in sound judgment, thorough understanding,...
    Washington — Nearly 500 retired military leaders, Cabinet secretaries and former national security officials have come out in support of Joe Biden, casting him as the presidential candidate who has the skills needed to "address a world on fire." In an open letter released by the group National Security Leaders for Biden on Thursday, the national security officials and retired military leaders praised Biden as the "leader our nation needs" for his empathy, honesty and integrity, and wrote his "positions are rooted in sound and judgement, thorough understanding, and fundamental values." "Joe Biden has the character, principles, wisdom, and leadership necessary to address a world on fire," the letter states. "That is why Joe Biden must be the next President...
    Paul Selva and 488 “national security leaders” endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 election Thursday morning. Selva was nominated to serve as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by former President Barack Obama in 2015, and President Donald Trump nominated to serve a second term in 2017. He retired in August of 2019. WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 5: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump pose for pictures with senior military leaders and spouses, including including Gen. Joseph Dunford (R), chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, and General Paul Selva (4th L), vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, after a briefing in the State Dining Room of the White House...
    Washington (CNN)A former senior military adviser to President Donald Trump has endorsed Joe Biden for president. Retired Gen. Paul Selva, former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is one of nearly 500 national security experts and former officials who signed a letter in support of Biden over Trump in an open letter to America.Visit CNN's Election Center for full coverage of the 2020 raceSelva was re-nominated to the Joint Chiefs by Trump in 2017 after being first appointed by President Barack Obama in 2015. As vice chairman, he was deeply involved in the nation's nuclear weapons program, and his endorsement is especially notable because recently retired officers generally stay out of politics."Thanks to his disdainful attitude and his...
    A bipartisan group of 489 former national security officials have endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden on Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: 'What country are we in?' Democratic groups using Bloomberg money to launch M in Spanish language ads in Florida Harris faces pivotal moment with Supreme Court battle MORE. The group, National Security Leaders for Biden, said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden on Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: 'What country are we in?' Romney: 'Unthinkable and unacceptable' to not commit to peaceful transition of power Two Louisville police officers shot amid Breonna Taylor grand jury protests MORE “has demonstrated he is not equal to the enormous responsibilities of his office”...
    TikTok’s owner asked a federal judge to temporarily block the Trump administration from removing the viral video-sharing network from U.S. app stores. TikTok faces a deadline this weekend to get a sale of its U.S. operations approved or face a de facto ban in the U.S. stemming from an Aug. 6 executive order by President Donald Trump. Wednesday’s request for a preliminary injunction, filed by TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance Ltd., challenges new U.S. Commerce Department rules that would remove TikTok from app stores starting this month and require changes to its core functionality that the company says would effectively shut it down in the U.S. by mid-November. ByteDance asked for a court hearing before the rules take effect at 11:59...
    President Trump announced his intent on Wednesday to nominate a former aide to the House Intelligence Committee Republicans to be inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community. Allen Souza, who is principal deputy senior director for Intelligence Programs at the National Security Council, was selected for the independent watchdog role, according to a White House statement. The position has been held in an acting capacity by Thomas Monheim, the former general counsel of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, since April when the president fired Inspector General Michael Atkinson for what the ex-watchdog said he believed was reprisal for his handling of a whistleblower complaint that led to Trump's impeachment. That ordeal and Trump's dismissal of other inspectors general prompted calls for...
            by Carrie Sheffield  Some China observers are wary of a potential $40 billion initial public offering (IPO) by tech giant Ant Technology Group, saying the funds could underwrite China’s human rights abuses and risk U.S. national security. The Committee on the Present Danger: China (CPDC) is urging the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, U.S. investment banks and the Trump administration to block the Ant Group IPO, which could be the largest IPO in history. “We’re living through the so-called most ‘woke’ time in American history, where everybody’s concerned about every aspect of social justice, human rights, what have you,” Brian Kennedy, CPDC Chairman, told Just the News in a video interview. “How many Americans would want to invest in a Chinese company that was also helping with the...
    Getty Former national security adviser H.R. McMaster on Wednesday told CNN that he wishes President Donald Trump would recognize that Russian President Vladimir Putin is not his friend.  “I wish President Trump would just realize…Vladimir Putin is not his friend,” McMaster said to CNN’s Jim Sciutto. “It’s self-delusion…Putin is the best liar in the world.” Trump at a rally on Monday told supporters: “I like Putin. He likes me.” The intelligence community has repeatedly warned that Russia is engaged in ongoing efforts to interfere in the US electoral process.  Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser H.R. McMaster on Wednesday told...
    President Donald Trump will hold a discussion with state attorneys general on “protecting consumers from social media abuses” at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Trump has targeted Chinese-owned TikTok for national security and data privacy concerns in the latest flashpoint in the rising tensions between Washington and Beijing. The president’s support for a deal comes just a day after the Commerce Department announced restrictions that if put in place could eventually make it nearly impossible for TikTok’s legions of younger fans to use the app. On Saturday, he backed a proposed deal that allowed TkTok to partner with Oracle, a Texas-based company, and Walmart. TikTok said Oracle and Walmart could acquire up to a cumulative 20% stake in the new company in...
    A former national security adviser to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden praised the Israel peace deal brokered by President Trump to an Iranian opposition group on Friday. Gen. James Jones (Ret.), who served early in the Obama administration, heaped praise on the development and the Trump policy generally. “I believe that the world community is increasingly willing to isolate evil regimes through sanctions and condemnation,” Jones told a conference organized by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). “If you just witnessed the current agreements executed in Washington, that certainly would send shock waves through Tehran, because obviously the circle of countries that are in direct opposition to what Iran sends,” Jones said of the agreements...
    (CNN)Retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who was President Trump's national security adviser from February 2017 to April 2018, has written a book that will likely confound both the President's fans and his critics.In the preface to "Battlegrounds," McMaster acknowledges that despite the advice of friends, editors, agents and even family members, he chose not to write a paean to Trump "as an unconventional leader who ... advanced American interests," nor did he write a takedown depicting the President as "a bigoted narcissist unfit for office," despite the fact that writing either of these types of books "might be lucrative."Peter BergenSo, for those hoping for a tell-all book along the lines of John Bolton's "The Room Where it Happened," which was...
    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's former national security adviser H.R. McMaster said that Trump and other U.S. leaders are “making it easy” for Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinNavalny calls on Russia to return clothes he was wearing when he fell ill Democrats fear Russia interference could spoil bid to retake Senate Putin is about to turn his attention to the American way of life MORE to meddle in the U.S. election when they echo divisive messages.  “It’s just wrong... It’s making it easy for Vladimir Putin,” McMaster told CNN on...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's former national security adviser H.R. McMaster said Tuesday that the President and other lawmakers are "making it easy" for Russian President Vladimir Putin by promoting conspiracy theories about US election integrity and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. "It's just wrong," McMaster told CNN's Jake Tapper on "The Lead." "It's making it easy for Vladimir Putin. And I think it's really important for leaders to be responsible about this because, really, as you know Putin doesn't create these divisions in our society, he doesn't create these doubts, he magnifies them.""And we just have to be really careful not to be our own worst enemies," McMaster added.Despite repeated warnings from intelligence officials and his own FBI director that Russia...
    Experts see Trump's threats as a thinly veiled bid for control in an ongoing global trade tug-of-war. Trump's threats against TikTok were never about national security, experts say. It was always about power. The outlook for TikTok and WeChat was bleak in the United States last week, as Trump's threatened ban on the Chinese apps loomed. Then Saturday, Trump unexpectedly signed off on the formation of TikTok Global, a new entity jointly operated by Oracle and Walmart and hosted in the United States, effectively brokering a deal to give the United States a financial stake in the wildly successful social media platform.
    Former national security adviser H.R. McMaster said the risk of another 9/11-style attack on the country is "very high." In an interview with USA Today, McMaster said he believes United States-backed peace talks in Afghanistan will end in "failure," prompting major terror threats for the nation. McMaster blasted President Trump over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and said he believes there's been a politicization of the military that's weakened national security. "We're creating this destructive cycle and these centripetal forces that are pulling us apart from each other," McMaster said. "We're forgetting who we are as Americans." McMaster, a former Army lieutenant general, also lamented that the nation is "in many ways more at risk today than...
    Florida Woman Swims Away From Hurricane Sally Flood With 1-year-Old Grandson On Her Back The most historic restaurant in your state Trump Celebrates TikTok Deal That Falls Short of Key Demands (Bloomberg) -- The TikTok video-sharing app was already under U.S. scrutiny when users pranked President Donald Trump’s campaign by pretending to reserve thousands of tickets to a June re-election rally in Oklahoma. Load Error For Trump administration hardliners who wanted a tougher stance toward Beijing and viewed the Chinese-owned app as a national security threat, it was the perfect moment to pounce. The president, furious over the Covid-19 pandemic and embarrassed by empty seats at his campaign event, obliged. Linking TikTok to Beijing’s handling of the raging...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump's former national security adviser H.R. McMaster on Sunday said the withdrawal of US troops from places like Afghanistan and Germany are "mistakes" from a long-term national security perspective and called for a sustained commitment to assisting the Afghan government and its security forces.In an interview that aired Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes," McMaster discussed a need to avoid abandoning allies through the hasty withdrawal of US troops. McMaster, a retired Army lieutenant general who served in combat roles in Iraq and Afghanistan, said that Trump has made too many concessions in his peace talks that began this month with the Afghan government and the Taliban. "He, in effect, is partnering with the Taliban against, in many ways,...
    Reuters September 20, 2020 0 Comments A U.S. judge early Sunday blocked the Trump administration from requiring Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to remove Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat for downloads by late Sunday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in San Francisco said in an order that WeChat users who filed a lawsuit “have shown serious questions going to the merits of the First Amendment claim, the balance of hardships tips in the plaintiffs’ favor.” Her 22-page order added the prohibitions “burden substantially more speech than is necessary to serve the government’s significant interest in national security, especially given the lack of substitute channels for communication.” On Friday, the U.S. Commerce Department had issued a order citing national security...
    WASHINGTON — A U.S. judge early Sunday blocked the Trump administration from requiring Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to remove Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat for downloads by late Sunday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in San Francisco said in an order that WeChat users who filed a lawsuit “have shown serious questions going to the merits of the First Amendment claim, the balance of hardships tips in the plaintiffs’ favor.” Her 22-page order added the prohibitions “burden substantially more speech than is necessary to serve the government’s significant interest in national security, especially given the lack of substitute channels for communication.” On Friday, the U.S. Commerce Department had issued a order citing national security grounds to block the...
    WASHINGTON — A U.S. judge early Sunday blocked the Trump administration from requiring Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to remove Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat for downloads by late Sunday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in San Francisco said in an order that WeChat users who filed a lawsuit “have shown serious questions going to the merits of the First Amendment claim, the balance of hardships tips in the plaintiffs’ favor.” Her 22-page order added the prohibitions “burden substantially more speech than is necessary to serve the government’s significant interest in national security, especially given the lack of substitute channels for communication.” On Friday, the U.S. Commerce Department had issued a order citing national security grounds to block the app...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY DAVID SHEPARDSON A U.S. judge early Sunday blocked the Trump administration from requiring Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to remove Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat for downloads by late Sunday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in San Francisco said in an order that WeChat users who filed a lawsuit “have shown serious questions going to the merits of the First Amendment claim, the balance of hardships tips in the plaintiffs’ favor.” Her 22-page order added the prohibitions “burden substantially more speech than is necessary to serve the government’s significant interest in national security, especially given the lack of substitute channels...
    Users will be able to continue downloading, for now, the messaging application The WeChat ban was to begin this Sunday night. Photo: Drew Angerer / . The judge Laurel beeler provisionally suspended the president’s executive order Donald trump to download the application WeChat. The decision was in response to plaintiffs who said they were affected by the prohibition of the agent. “Plaintiffs’ evidence reflects that WeChat is effectively the only means of communication for many in the community”Judge Beeler considered in her opinion. “Not only because China bans other apps, but also because Chinese speakers with limited English proficiency have no choice but WeChat.” According to a . report, the order is...
    A judge has blocked a US government attempt to ban the Chinese messaging and payments app, WeChat. US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler said the ban raised serious questions related to the constitution's first amendment, guaranteeing free speech. The Department of Commerce had announced a bar on WeChat appearing in US app stores from Sunday, effectively shutting it down. The Trump administration has alleged it threatens national security. It says it could pass user data to the Chinese government. Is the US about to split the internet? What TikTokers make of Trump's ban threat Both WeChat and China have strongly denied the claim. Tencent, the conglomerate that owns WeChat, had previously described the US ban as "unfortunate". The ruling...
    Mandy Smithberger September 19, 2020 5:54PM (UTC) This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. The inadequate response of both the federal and state governments to the Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the United States, creating what could only be called a national security crisis. More than 190,000 Americans are dead, approximately half of them people of color. Yelp data show that more than 132,000 businesses have already closed and census data suggest that, thanks to lost wages, nearly 17% of Americans with children can't afford to feed them enough food. In this same period, a number of defense contractors have been doing remarkably well. Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon's top contractor, reported that, compared to 2019, its earnings are actually up — yes, up! The company's...
    China issued a swift retaliation in response to a looming ban on US downloads of the Chinese owned apps TikTok and WeChat. On Saturday the country’s Ministry of Commerce announced regulations for its “unreliable entity” list, which target foreign companies they say compromise their national security.  Any company that gets added to the list can face a raft of hurdles and restrictions in the country including fines and restrictions on employees. The news came just one day after the US Commerce Department issued an order saying they would bar Google and Apple from carrying TikTok and WeChat in the US. The move will not affect existing customers of either platform but will prevent them from receiving updates. A fire-sale deal...
    By ZEN SOO, Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — China’s Ministry of Commerce on Saturday issued regulations for its “unreliable entity” list, aimed at foreign companies it says endanger its national sovereignty, security or development interests. Companies that end up on the list could be banned from importing or exporting from China, and may be barred from investing in the country. Other measures include imposing fines, entry restrictions on employees into China and revoking their work or residence permits. The announcement of the new regulations comes after the U.S. said it would ban Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores on Sunday, and bar such apps from assessing essential internet services in the U.S. based on national security and...
    The TikTok logo is displayed outside a TikTok office on August 27, 2020 in Culver City, California. The Chinese-owned company is reportedly set to announce the sale of U.S. operations of its popular social media app in the coming weeks following threats of a shutdown by the Trump administration. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Loading the player... WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will ban the downloads of the Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat on Sunday, with a total ban on the use of the latter, citing national security and data privacy concerns. A total ban on the use of TikTok will follow on Nov. 12, but Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said early Friday on Fox Business Network that access...
    September 18 marks one year since National Security Adviser Robert C. O’Brien began his tenure. His first anniversary highlights a string of successes that he has helped President Donald J. Trump deliver for the American people. Their fruitful collaboration confirms Trump’s wisdom in tapping this attorney and veteran of at least 20 international arbitrations. O’Brien, 54, arose on Trump’s radar in his previous post: Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs. Often jetting to global hot spots, O’Brien helped free Americans who were kidnapped or unfairly detained. These included pastor Andrew Brunson (rescued from Turkey), oil worker Danny Burch (from Yemen), traveler Sam Goodwin (from Syria), as well as Kevin King, Xiyue Wang, Tim Weeks, and others. To date, Team Trump...
    President Donald Trump's former national security advisor H.R. McMaster joined a chorus of former security aides who have taken shots at the administration, blasting the troop drawdown in Afghanistan that the president has accelerated this fall. McMaster tells CBS '60 Minutes' that the policy amounts to 'partnering' with the Taliban while Trump seeks to extract the nation from its longest war.   'I think what [President Trump] did with this new policy, is he, in effect, is partnering with the Taliban against, in many ways, the Afghan government,' McMaster said. 'I think what [President Trump] did with this new policy, is he, in effect, is partnering with the Taliban against, in many ways, the Afghan government,' said former White House...
    Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images Americans will be banned from downloading the popular Chinese app TikTok from Sunday. According to a Friday press release from the US Department of Commerce, “Any provision of service to distribute or maintain the WeChat or TikTok mobile applications, constituent code, or application updates through an online mobile application store in the U.S.” will in a few days become prohibited.” If a deal is not made between the United States and TikTok before November 12, merely using the app will also be forbidden. Announcing the measures to “safeguard the national security of the United States,” the Department of Commerce said, “The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has demonstrated the means and motives to use these apps to threaten...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Commerce Department will roll out a ban of transactions in the U.S. using TikTok and WeChat starting Sunday. The order Friday was put into place, according to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, to “combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data." The government previously said that using and downloading the app to communicate won’t be a banned transaction, although messaging on the app “could be directly or indirectly impaired” by the ban, and people who use it for messaging won’t be subject to penalties. Some security experts have raised concerns that ByteDance Ltd., the Chinese company that owns TikTok, would maintain access to information on the 100 million TikTok users in the United States, creating a...
    Washington DC- The United States government will prohibit users from downloading the applications TikTok and WeChat, Chinese properties, “to protect the national security” of the country, as reported on the Commerce Department website. The measure will take effect on Sunday, September 20, and will prohibit “any provision of service to distribute or maintain the WeChat and TikTok mobile applications in the United States.” It will also prohibit “any provision of service through the WeChat mobile application for the purpose of transferring funds or for processing payments in the US.” The government of President Donald Trump has set a November 12 deadline for resolving concerns raised by the TikTok app. If resolved by that date, the...
    Washington DC- The United States government will prohibit users from downloading the applications TikTok and WeChat, Chinese properties, “to protect the national security” of the country, as reported on the Commerce Department website. The measure will take effect on Sunday, September 20, and will prohibit “any provision of service to distribute or maintain the WeChat and TikTok mobile applications in the United States.” It will also prohibit “any provision of service through the WeChat mobile application for the purpose of transferring funds or for processing payments in the US.” The government of President Donald Trump has set a November 12 deadline for resolving concerns raised by the TikTok app. If resolved by that date, the...
    Washington DC- The United States government will prohibit users from downloading the applications TikTok and WeChat, Chinese properties, “to protect the national security” of the country, as reported on the Commerce Department website. The measure will take effect on Sunday, September 20, and will prohibit “any provision of service to distribute or maintain the WeChat and TikTok mobile applications in the United States.” It will also prohibit “any provision of service through the WeChat mobile application for the purpose of transferring funds or for processing payments in the US.” The government of President Donald Trump has set a November 12 deadline for resolving concerns raised by the TikTok app. If resolved by that date, the...
    The Trump administration will begin blocking business transactions in the U.S. with popular Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok and messaging-app WeChat starting on Sunday. The Commerce Department announced the new rules on Friday, barring TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores, but it could be rescinded depending on whether a deal that addresses national security concerns is reached. “Today’s actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement. “At the President’s direction, we have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Commerce Department will roll out a ban of transactions in the U.S. using TikTok and WeChat starting Sunday. The order Friday was put into place, according to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, to “combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data.” The government previously said that using and downloading the app to communicate won’t be a banned transaction, although messaging on the app “could be directly or indirectly impaired” by the ban, and people who use it for messaging won’t be subject to penalties. Some security experts have raised concerns that ByteDance Ltd., the Chinese company that owns TikTok, would maintain access to information on the 100 million TikTok users in the United States, creating a...
    HONG KONG/SYDNEY (Reuters) - One of the 14 foreign judges on Hong Kong's highest court said he had resigned due to concerns over a sweeping new national security law imposed by Beijing on the former British colony, Australia's national broadcaster reported on Friday. The office of the city's leader Carrie Lam confirmed the resignation of Australian judge James Spigelman but did not give a reason. Spigelman, the former Chief Justice of New South Wales, is the first senior judge to resign and publicly criticise the law, passed by China's parliament. The Polish-born jurist told the ABC that he resigned for reasons "related to the content of the national security legislation" but did not elaborate further. Spigelman did not immediately respond...
    Seattle Mariners relocate weekend home series against Padres to San Diego 9 Photos of Abandoned Subway Stations Around the World Tencent’s Gaming Stakes Draw U.S. National Security Scrutiny (Bloomberg) -- The Trump administration has asked gaming companies to provide information about their data-security protocols involving Chinese technology giant Tencent Holdings Ltd., people familiar with the matter said. © Bloomberg The Epic Games Fortnite: Battle Royale video game on a mobile device. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., which is chaired by the Treasury Department, has sent letters to companies, including Epic Games Inc., Riot Games and others, to inquire about their security protocols in handling Americans’ personal data, said the people, who asked not to be named...
    The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday unsealed an indictment that charged three Iranian nationals with hacking U.S. computers, stealing “hundreds of terabytes of data” relating to national security. “For the third time in three days, the Department has charged Iranian hackers,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers in a press release. “This case highlights the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ efforts to infiltrate the networks of American companies in search of valuable commercial information and intellectual property. It is yet another effort by a rogue foreign nation to steal the fruits of this country’s hard work and expertise.” The indictment alleges that the three hackers began their campaign around July 2015 and continued through at least February...
    Trump Plans to Denounce Focus on Slavery, Racism in Schools New York is set to become the latest city to let restaurants add a COVID-19 fee to your bill Bytedance Plan for U.S. TikTok Company Envisions IPO in a Year (Bloomberg) -- The new U.S. company that TikTok’s owner Bytedance Ltd. plans to form with Oracle Corp. intends to hold an initial public offering in about a year, according to people familiar with the matter. © Bloomberg ByteDance Ltd.'s TikTok app is displayed in the App Store on a smartphone in an arranged photograph taken in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. In a bid to salvage a deal for the U.S. operations of TikTok, Microsoft Corp....
    President Donald Trump stated during a press conference that he is not prepared to sign off on a recently announced partnership between Silicon Valley giant Oracle and the Chinese-owned app TikTok until national security concerns are completely alleviated. AP reports that during a recent press conference, President Trump said that he expects to receive a report this week about Oracle’s bid to join a partnership with the Chinese-owned app TikTok but that he will not sign off on the deal until all fears of national security are alleviated. “I’m not prepared to sign off on anything. I have to see the deal,” President Trump told White House reporters on Wednesday evening. “It has to be 100% as far as national security...
    James Clyburn Says William Barrs Remark Comparing COVID Lockdowns to Slavery Most God Awful Thing He Ever Heard Giorgio Armani is one of the richest people in fashion. How the 86-year-old designer spends his billions, from a 213-foot yacht to homes in Italy, NYC, and the Caribbean. Oracle, ByteDance Accept New Treasury Terms on TikTok (Bloomberg) -- The Treasury Department, TikTok owner Bytedance Ltd. and Oracle Corp. have tentatively agreed to terms for Oracle’s bid for the U.S. operations of the social-media service, according to people familiar with the matter. © Photographer: Lam Yik/Bloomberg The logo for ByteDance Ltd.'s TikTok app Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin sent Bytedance a revised terms sheet late Wednesday and the company and Oracle accepted...
    (CBS Local)– “60 Minutes” has been the gold standard for newsmagazine television programs since its inception in 1968. On Sunday, September 20 the show premieres its 53rd season. Correspondent Scott Pelley has been with CBS News since 1989 and has traveled the world as a reporter for “60 Minutes” for the last two decades. RELATED: Scott Pelley Touts Power Of Media In ‘Truth Worth Telling’: ‘There’s No Democracy Without Journalism’ Last week, Pelley’s interviewed journalist and author Bob Woodward about his new book “Rage” and his conversations with President Trump and this week Pelley chats with former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster about his career and time in the Trump administration. Pelley’s interview with McMaster will provide details about the former...
    President Donald Trump raised questions on Wednesday about plans by Chinas ByteDance to keep a majority stake in the U.S. operations of popular social media platform TikTok after six Republican lawmakers urged him to reject the proposal. Trump said he would be briefed on Thursday about a proposal that calls for Oracle Corp to become a "trusted technology provider" for TikToks U.S. operations, but he did not favor the idea of having the Chinese firm retain control. Sen. Marco Rubio and five other Republican senators on Wednesday urged the administration to reject the deal as long as ties remained to Chinese owner ByteDance, and suggested the president could block the proposal. Trump had previously threatened to ban the app unless its...
    The president of the United States takes the following oath at his or her inauguration: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Donald Trump has repeatedly betrayed this promise, and should long since have been removed from office for doing so. The Constitution deems that the president is commander in chief of the military. As revealed by the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, Donald Trump believes that members of the U.S. military who have been wounded or killed in battle are “suckers” and “losers” for not being as selfish and cowardly as he is. Trump also...
    VIDEO2:0602:06Oracle-TikTok deals has to be 100% as far as national security is concerned: TrumpPolitics President Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he was not ready to approve a proposal from Chinese company ByteDance that would make Oracle a technology provider for ByteDance's popular video-sharing app TikTok. ByteDance submitted a proposal to the Treasury Department over the weekend and is awaiting a response. It must be "100% as far as national security is concerned," said Trump, adding that he would have to see the deal first before signing off on it. He said he would receive a report on Thursday morning.  Trump's stance adds complexity to a possible arrangement that could resolve a political disagreement between the U.S. and China, after...
    President Donald Trump said Wednesday he was not ready to sign off on a deal for Oracle to buy TikTok from a Chinese parent company, citing both national security concerns and wanting to ensure the U.S. government gets its cut. 'It has to be 100 percent as far as national security is concerned. No, I'm not prepared to sign off on anything. I have to see the deal,' Trump said. 'They going to be reporting to me tomorrow morning and I'll let you know.'  He also said he was surprised to learn that the U.S. cannot take a cut of the TikTok deal and he's going to have the government look into that.  'Amazingly, I find that you're not allowed...
    (CNN Business)President Trump said Wednesday he was "not going to be happy" if the viral video app TikTok continues to be majority-owned by ByteDance, its Chinese parent company. The US government is currently evaluating a proposal from ByteDance and Oracle designed to resolve the Trump administration's national security concerns about TikTok. Trumps TikTok showdown is poised to reward his Silicon Valley political alliesA report this week from the Financial Times suggested that the proposal could see ByteDance retaining a majority stake in the embattled social media app.Trump told reporters Wednesday he has not seen the specifics of the deal but that "conceptually" he would be opposed to ByteDance being allowed to retain a controlling share of TikTok."Conceptually, I can tell...
    Oracle's bid to buy TikTok from Chinese parent ByteDance has reportedly fallen short of requirements from the Trump administration to resolve concerns that the video-sharing app represents a national security concern. The proposed deal has drawn continuing concerns from national security officials could sway President Donald Trump's decision, people familiar with the deal told Bloomberg News on Wednesday.  Oracle announced on Monday it was part of a proposal submitted by Bytedance to the U.S. Treasury Department to serve as 'trusted technology provider,' to Bytedance, providing no further details on the terms of the deal.  The Trump administration will make a decision soon on the proposed deal, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Wednesday. Oracle's bid to buy...