Trump Demands Cut of TikTok Sale to Microsoft

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Trump: I want a cut of TikTok's sale. Ana Kasparian and Aida Rodriguez discuss on The Young Turks. Keep Hope (and TYT) Alive: tyt.com/go

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"First, Donald Trump said that “as far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States.” Then, after aides and allies urged him to soften his position, he stepped back to allow Microsoft an opportunity to buy the platform from Chinese-owned ByteDance. Now, he’s says he’s fully behind such a deal—as long as his government gets a cut, of course. You know, just a little something for the trouble. “A very substantial portion of that price is going to have to come into the Treasury of the United States,” the president said Monday, “because we’re making it possible for this deal to happen.”

“Right now, they don’t have any rights, unless we give it to them,” he continued, likening such a payment to the “key money” a landlord might pay a tenant. “The United States should be reimbursed or paid a substantial amount of money, because without the United States they don’t have anything.”*

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