“I mean, just conceptually, I can tell you I don’t like that,” Trump told reporters. “So, if that’s the case, I’m not going to be happy with that. Assuming that ByteDance is China, which I think it probably is.”
Trump said he would be briefed on the deal Thursday morning and had only seen media reports about its terms. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., an inter-agency panel led by the Treasury Department, reviewed the proposal at its meeting Tuesday and is slated to make a recommendation to Trump this week.
“They’re giving me studies on the deal,” he said. “It has to be 100 percent as far as national security is concerned. And, no, I’m not prepared to sign off on anything. I have to see the deal.”
Republican allies in the Senate, including. Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) have pushed