Trump agrees to deal in which TikTok will partner with Oracle and Walmart


President Donald Trump said Saturday he has approved a deal in principle in which Oracle and Walmart will partner with the viral video-sharing app TikTok in the U.S., allowing the popular app to avoid a shutdown.

“I have given the deal my blessing — if they get it done that’s great, if they don’t that’s okay too,” Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn before departing for North Carolina. “I approved the deal in concept.”

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced it would delay the prohibition of U.S. transactions with TikTok until next Sunday.

Shortly after Trump’s comments, Oracle announced it was chosen as TikTok’s secure cloud provider and will become a minority investor with a 12.5% stake. TikTok confirmed Oracle’s role and said it was working with Walmart on a commercial partnership.

Walmart said it has tentatively agreed to a purchase 7.5% stake, and CEO Doug McMillon would serve as one of the five board members of the newly created company. 

“In addition, we would work toward an initial public offering of the company in the United States within the next year to bring even more ownership to American citizens,” a Walmart spokesperson said in a statement. 

TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance will own the remaining 80% of TikTok, according to a person familiar with the matter. However, because 40% of ByteDance is owned by U.S. venture capital firms, the Trump administration can technically claim TikTok Global is now majority owned by U.S. money.

TikTok said it will maintain and expand its headquarters in the U.S., while bringing 25,000 jobs across the country.  Trump had said a new company will likely be incorporated in Texas. 

Trump said the companies would also make a $5 billion contribution toward an education fund. Oracle and Walmart said in a joint statement that the global TikTok business will pay over $5 billion in new taxes to the U.S. Treasury Department, and that the companies and TikTok investors would build and provide online videos to teach kids about history, science and other subjects.

“We’re going to be setting up a very large fund for the education of American youth and that’ll be great,” the president said. “That’s the contribution I’ve been asking for.”

The outcome could boost Oracle’s position as a company that can handle challenging computing workloads and help to resolve a geopolitical dispute between the U.S. and China.

TikTok and Oracle both said Monday that ByteDance, the Chinese owner of TikTok, had sent a proposal to the U.S. Treasury Department over the previous weekend. Reports throughout the week said that negotiations were bogged down on the precise details of the deal, including the ownership stakes of Oracle and ByteDance, and control of the recommendation algorithms TikTok uses to promote particular material. 

Oracle CEO Safra Catz was a member of President Trump’s transition team, and Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison threw a fundraising event for Trump earlier this year.

“We are a hundred percent confident in our ability to deliver a highly secure environment to TikTok and ensure data privacy to TikTok’s American users, and users throughout the world,” Catz said in a statement Saturday after Oracle’s role was announced. “This greatly improved security and guaranteed privacy will enable the continued rapid growth of the TikTok user community to benefit all stakeholders.”

Oracle already provides cloud infrastructure to online video services 8×8 and Zoom, among other clients, although Amazon, Microsoft and other companies picked up more cloud revenue than Oracle in 2019, according to estimates from industry research company Gartner

Microsoft had sought to acquire TikTok’s operations in the U.S. Canada, Australia and New Zealand, with Walmart as a partner, but said ByteDance had decided not to do that deal.

Oracle and Walmart said U.S. TikTok user data would be moved to Oracle’s cloud infrastructure. The companies did not provide a timeline.

China and the Trump administration have used tariffs in their trade war in recent years, and their disagreements have spilled over into the technology industry. The Treasury Department’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States pushed for a sale of dating app Grindr by the Chinese company that bought it in 2016, and the committee later looked into ByteDance’s 2017 acquisition of Musical.ly, a video sharing app that ByteDance merged with TikTok in 2018, because of national security concerns. A Trump executive order in August in August sought to block U.S. transactions with ByteDance, as well as Tencent, which owns messaging app WeChat.

President Trump had taken steps to ban TikTok in the U.S. or make ByteDance sell the app’s U.S. assets. The Chinese government subsequently revised export restrictions so that they now cover “recommendation of personalized information services based on data analysis,” among other things. TikTok’s app draws on recommendation systems to select videos to show each user.



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TikTok: Trump says Oracle deal for video app ‘has my blessing’


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President Donald Trump had threatened to ban the app in the US unless a satisfactory deal was struck

US President Donald Trump has expressed his approval of a deal that would allow Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok to continue operating in the US.

Mr Trump told reporters he had given his “blessing” to a partnership between TikTok and US firms Oracle and Walmart.

The president had ordered the app to be banned in the US, citing national security concerns.

US security officials fear data collected by TikTok’s owner may be handed to the Chinese government.

TikTok’s owner, ByteDance, has denied accusations that it is controlled by or shares data with China’s ruling Communist Party.

However, the TikTok deal does not affect a ban on the Chinese-owned messaging and payments app WeChat, which will no longer be available in US app stores from Sunday night.

Tencent, the conglomerate that owns WeChat, has described the US ban as “unfortunate”.

On Saturday, Mr Trump said the deal would ensure the data of the estimated 100 million Americans who use the app was safe, telling reporters: “The security will be 100%.”

“I have given the deal my blessing,” Mr Trump said as he left the White House ahead of an election rally in North Carolina. “I approve the deal in concept.”

TikTok and ByteDance both welcomed President Trump’s approval of a proposed deal, which would still need to be signed off by the Chinese government.

TikTok said the deal would ensure US national security requirements were fully satisfied, while ByteDance said it was working to reach an agreement that was “in line with US and Chinese law” as soon as possible.

Vanessa Pappas, TikTok interim chief executive, said in a video posted on Saturday that the app was “here to stay” in the US.

President Trump’s support for the deal comes days after his administration said it would bar people in the US from downloading TikTok through any app store from Sunday.

However, the US Commerce Department said it had now delayed this deadline for a week until 27 September in the “light of recent positive developments”.

The row over TikTok comes at a time of heightened tensions between the Trump administration and the Chinese government over a number of issues, including trade disputes, protests in Hong Kong and Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

What is the proposed deal?

The deal would see the establishment of a new company, dubbed TikTok Global. That company would be headquartered in the US, possibly in the state of Texas, with a majority of American directors, a US chief executive and a security expert on the board.

Oracle and Walmart are expected to take significant stakes in the company, and ByteDance has agreed to security safeguards on the data of US users. TikTok’s data would be stored by Oracle, which would have the right to inspect its source code.

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President Trump said the new TikTok company will be “totally controlled by Oracle and Walmart”. But in a joint statement on Saturday, Oracle and Walmart said they were together investing to acquire 20% of the newly formed TikTok Global business.

Of that 20% stake, Oracle will take 12.5%, while Walmart will take 7.5%, reports say.

The deal will see TikTok Global become majority-owned by American investors, but Bytedance will retain a share of the US operation.

This falls somewhat short of President Trump’s demand for an outright sale of TikTok’s US arm to an American company. That was the intention of an executive order Mr Trump signed in August.

However, Mr Trump did say the deal would provide new jobs and tax revenue for the country.

In their statement, Oracle and Walmart said TikTok Global would create more than 25,000 new jobs and pay more than $5bn (£3.8bn) in tax in the US.

A deal, but not the one Trump had demanded

This is not the deal that Donald Trump had envisioned – he had wanted the US arm of the company to be sold.

That’s not quite what’s happening here.

This is more like a joint venture between three companies. Oracle’s role is particularly important, acting as a “trusted partner” safeguarding the data of users.

But in the proposed deal TikTok’s Chinese owner Bytedance would still own much of the new entity.

So what made Trump decide to approve it?

Well, he appears now to be satisfied that the security arrangements proposed. But it’s more complex than that. The deal also proposes a $5bn education fund – and will reportedly create 25,000 US jobs.

This is not a done deal though, the Chinese government still has to approve it – and there’s no guarantee that will happen.

What is TikTok?

TikTok is a video-sharing app. Users can post up to a minute of video and have access to a vast database of songs and filters.

They use the app to share 15-second videos that often involve lip-synching to songs, comedy routines and unusual editing tricks.

The app collects a huge amount of user data – including what videos people watch and comment on, location data, phone model and even how people type. But much of this data collection is similar to other social networks like Facebook.

The app is reported to have around 800 million active monthly users worldwide, most of whom are in the US and India.

India has already blocked TikTok as well as other Chinese apps. Australia, which has already banned Huawei and telecom equipment-maker ZTE, is also considering banning TikTok.

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Trump Approves Deal Between Oracle and TikTok


WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Saturday that he had approved a deal between the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok and major American companies, an agreement that will delay the U.S. government’s threat to block the popular app in the United States over national security concerns.

The deal, which must still gain formal U.S. approval, would cede some control to Oracle, an American software maker, and Walmart, ultimately placing 53 percent equity in the service into the hands of American companies and investors, a person with knowledge of the matter said.

While that structure falls short of an all-out sale of TikTok, it is still a significant concession for ByteDance, TikTok’s Chinese owner — one that has apparently satisfied the administration’s concerns about China’s ability to harness data from users of the popular social media app. The Commerce Department, which planned to bar TikTok from U.S. app stores as of midnight Sunday, said that it would delay that plan for one week.

The deal capped weeks of drama over the fate of TikTok that underscored how much relations between the United States and China have deteriorated, with their race for technological superiority and mutual suspicions extending to a social media platform known for silly video clips and a trend-setting, mostly young user base of 100 million people in the United States.

Mr. Trump has increasingly taken aim at Chinese apps, including TikTok and WeChat, saying they pose a threat to American national security and threatening to ban them from the United States. The situation intensified in early August, when Mr. Trump issued an executive order essentially mandating that ByteDance strike a deal to sell the app’s U.S. operations by Sept. 20, or cease some commercial operations. A second executive order set a later deadline for ByteDance to fully divest from the product.

That decree prompted top officials, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, to inject the U.S. government into private-sector discussions about a deal to transfer some control of TikTok to an American company.

The orders pushed ByteDance to hasten discussions that had already been underway with potential bidders about TikTok’s ownership structure. Microsoft, Walmart and Oracle were among those that entered talks about acquiring TikTok’s U.S. business.

“Threatening TikTok has been the most prominent step so far in a U.S. trajectory toward technology decoupling” with China, said Paul Gallant, an analyst at Cowen and Company. “I think it puts everybody in the U.S. tech sector on notice that they need to scrutinize even their seemingly innocuous connections to China.”

In a statement Saturday, TikTok said that Oracle and Walmart together would take up to a 20 percent stake in the new company, which will retain the TikTok name. The company, TikTok Global, will be based in the United States. Those investors include the U.S.-based companies General Atlantic, Coatue Management and Sequoia Capital. As a result, the majority of TikTok Global’s ownership will be controlled by U.S.-based entities.

Mr. Trump had previously said he would not be satisfied with a deal where ByteDance retained a majority stake in the company.

A group of additional investors — most of them based in Europe — would control 11 percent of the service, one of the people familiar with the discussions said. Chinese investors, primarily the ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming and its employees, would hold the rest, or about 36 percent. How control of the app is calculated would hinge in part on how existing non-Chinese investors in ByteDance were counted, a person familiar with the matter said this past week.

“I have given the deal my blessing,” Mr. Trump told reporters outside the White House on Saturday. “If they get it done that’s great, if they don’t that’s fine too.”

In a statement, Monica Crowley, a spokeswoman for the Treasury Department, said that the president had reviewed the deal, but that the administration’s formal approval of it was still pending.

“Approval of the transaction is subject to a closing with Oracle and Walmart and necessary documentation and conditions to be approved by CFIUS,” she said, referring to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, the national security panel overseen by Mr. Mnuchin that is reviewing the transaction.

In his remarks outside the White House Saturday, the president suggested that the deal would fully address his administration’s national security concerns, saying that the “security will be 100 percent” and that the new companies would use a separate cloud from its Chinese parent.

He also incorrectly claimed that the new company would “have nothing to do with China.” Chinese investors will retain at least one-third of the new company’s stake.

“It’ll be a brand-new company,” Mr. Trump said. “It will have nothing to do with any outside land, any outside country.”

It remains to be seen if China would take any actions to try to block the sale of one of its most successful tech exports.

While Beijing has long banned American social media services, this is the first time that Washington has responded in kind. The United States has for decades embraced an open, largely unregulated vision of the internet. But in recent years, concerns about national security and geopolitics have led officials to bar Chinese technology from the networks, and now smartphones, used by Americans.

The deal constitutes a victory for Oracle, which is a close corporate ally of the president and his administration. Its top executives worked on Mr. Trump’s transition team, have supported his policy initiatives and have donated more than $150,000 to his re-election campaign.

Its founder, Larry Ellison, and Walmart’s chief executive, Doug McMillan, spoke with Mr. Trump about the deal twice on Friday, said people familiar with the matter.

In a statement, Safra Catz, Oracle’s chief executive, said the company was “100 percent confident in our ability to deliver a highly secure environment to TikTok and ensure data privacy to TikTok’s American users, and users throughout the world.”

Walmart did not immediately respond to a request for comment.



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President Trump says he approved TikTok deal with Walmart, Oracle in ‘concept’


He had threatened to shut down the China-owned company.

“We have some very big news on TikTok,” Trump said Saturday. “TikTok is moving along. We’re dealing with Oracle, which you know of, Larry Ellison. And we’re dealing with, as a combination, Walmart — Walmart, a great company, a great, American company. The security will be 100%. They’ll be using separate clouds and a lot of very, very powerful security. And they’ll be making about a $5 billion contribution toward education.”

“They’re going to be setting up a very large fund for the education of American youth, and that will be great,” he added. “That’s their contribution that I’ve been asking for. But we’ll see whether or not it all happens.”

When asked by a reporter if he approved the deal, Trump said, “I approve the deal in concept, yes.”

Trump said ByteDance, the China-based parent company of TikTok, would “report the full scope of the deal very soon, very soon.”

The news of an apparent deal comes a day after the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that starting Sunday, downloads of the massively popular video app, as well as the messaging app WeChat, would be banned in the United States.

The department had said in a statement that the move was necessary to “safeguard the national security of the United States.”

In a statement, TikTok said it was “pleased” its proposal with Walmart and Oracle “will resolve the security concerns of the U.S. Administration.”

As part of the proposal, Oracle will host all U.S. user data, TikTok said, and both Oracle and Walmart will be able to take up to a 20% cumulative stake in the company through a TikTok Global pre-IPO financing round.

“We will also maintain and expand TikTok Global’s headquarters in the U.S., while bringing 25,000 jobs across the country,” the company said.

Trump did not mention WeChat in his conversation with reporters on Saturday.

In August, Trump issued twin executive orders that would shut down both apps by Sept. 20 if they weren’t sold to U.S. owners. The deadline for TikTok was extended to Nov. 12, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in an interview on Fox Business News Friday morning. In the meantime, updates will be barred in the app, he said.

“In light of recent positive developments, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, at the direction of President Trump, will delay the prohibition of identified transactions pursuant to Executive Order 13942, related to the TikTok mobile application that would have been effective on Sunday, September 20, 2020, until September 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.,” the Commerce Department said in a statement following Trump’s announcement of the deal.

The ban announced on Friday also prohibited the transfer of funds or processing payments within the U.S. for WeChat.

The administration has claimed the Chinese Communist Party was using data collected through the apps to “threaten the national security, foreign policy and the economy of the U.S.”

TikTok has an estimated 65 million to 80 million users in the U.S. and is especially popular among Gen Z-ers. WeChat has some 19 million users in the U.S., with wide use among the Chinese American community.

ABC News’ Sabina Ghebremedhin, William Mansell and Catherine Thorbecke contributed to this report.



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US President Trump Tells Reporters That He Approves TikTok-Oracle Deal



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Software company Oracle earlier beat several other candidates, including Microsoft, in the bid to acquire the Chinese app’s US operations from ByteDance.

President Donald Trump has approved the deal between Oracle and the video-sharing app TikTok.

“I have given the deal my blessing”, Trump told reporters in North Carolina on Saturday. “I approved the deal in concept”.

Trump earlier told reporters that he was not ready to sign the TikTol-Oracle deal at that moment because he had not seen it, while also citing security concerns. He added that he was also reviewing the White House’s other options on TikTok.

Last week, media reported that Oracle won the bidding for the US operations of TikTok, beating out Microsoft Corp in a high-profile deal to salvage a social-media sensation that has been caught in the middle of a geopolitical standoff.

The president has accused the Chinese app of providing Beijing with personal data of the American citizens, issuing a deadline till 12 November for the company to find a suitable US partner or be shut down.

TikTok filed a complaint against the move, saying that “the administration’s decisions were heavily politicised”, and the company had no choice but to continue litigation.





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SBW set to pocket $1 million a game for Wolfpack stint after union deal


Those payments dwarf the pro-rata $400,000 annual salary that he accepted to be part of the Roosters’ bid for a third straight premiership. The cross-code star returned to the NRL for the challenge of proving he can still play at the highest level at the age of 35, rather than financial considerations.

However, he will still receive a huge payday if he receives the outstanding payments owed to him by Toronto.

Sonny Bill Williams only played five games with Toronto this year, but they were sure worth it.Credit:Getty

“A primary commitment from the prospective new ownership group has been from day one to ensure that all player payroll liabilities are met in full and we are very grateful that the Wolf Grooming group have stepped up on this issue when those liabilities are legally the responsibility of the current owner, David Argyle,” Toronto chairman Bob Hunter said in a statement.

“We would like to thank GMB representatives for their positive approach during these negotiations, in what has been a very challenging period for the club and in particular our players.

“We just hope now that we are able to finish the job and our application for a return to Super League is successful so that the players and their families can receive these much-needed funds.”

SBW during his return to the NRL in Canberra two weeks ago.

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The club said the agreement to honour player payroll commitments would cost the new owners in excess of £1 million ($1.77 million).

Several players have taken to social media to voice their frustration at being left in the lurch when the club withdrew from the competition. Australian forward Darcy Lussick tweeted last month: “Technically stranded in UK. No visa so I can’t work, no help getting home to Australia as promised. About to be evicted from my house. A lot of people have it a lot worse than me but this situation has gone too far now.”

One of the club’s other marquee men, Ricky Leutele, was able to negotiate a short-term deal with the Storm.

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“Our main concern is for the players and their families and this agreement makes good the position financially with all players moving forward,” said GMB’s senior organiser, Peter Davies.

“Discussions with the club and the new ownership group have been positive, and we are grateful that the repayment of the 2020 wage bill is a major priority for the incoming group if their reapplication into Super League is successful.

“We have a good relationship with the Super League Clubs, which has strengthened throughout the unprecedented challenges in 2020. I have every faith that the right decision will be made on this issue for the benefit of our members and for the good of the game in moving forward.”

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Diogo Jota: Liverpool agree £45m deal with Wolves for forward


Jota has scored 44 goals for Wolves in 131 appearances

Liverpool have agreed to sign Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Diogo Jota for £41m in a deal that could rise to £45m with add-ons.

The Portugal winger, 23, is set to sign a five-year deal at Anfield.

The move follows Liverpool’s £20m capture of Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich.

The Jota deal represents a net spend of about £30m, with defender Ki-Jana Hoever, 18, going the other way for £9m and a possible £4.5m in add-ons.

The Premier League champions have also negotiated a 15% sell-on clause in the transfer that takes young Dutch defender Hoever to Molineux.

Jota can play across the forward line and would provide further cover – in addition to Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi – for Liverpool’s vaunted front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

The former Atletico Madrid player joined Wolves on loan in their 2017-18 Championship-winning campaign before making a £12.8m permanent switch in 2018.

Jota has made 131 appearances for the Molineux side, scoring 44 goals, including hat-tricks in last season’s Europa League victories against Besiktas and Espanyol.

He is in line to become Liverpool’s third summer signing following the arrival of Alcantara and Greece left-back Kostas Tsimikas for about £11.7m.

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Oracle – TikTok Deal In Trouble?


Oracle – TikTok Deal In Trouble?





The Oracle bid to take over Tik Tok American operations just moved a step forward with the approval of Tik Tok’s parent company ByteDance. But Oracle will still need to get a green light from both the Trump Administration and the Chinese government. Imagine those two agreeing on anything.

US regulators have now given tentative approval of the deal which grants American authorities a veto over any board member of the American Tik Tok while the parent company remains in Chinese hands. President Trump had ordered a Tik Tok ban be implemented over security concerns that the Chinese government could use it to spy on Americans. But if this deal gets approved the company will be able to move forward with an IPO in the United States within the year.

But as of now, American authorities will require Tik Tok be removed from app stores on Sunday, along with the app WeChat.

“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,” said U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. “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 rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations.”

But the American Commerce Department has distinguished between the two companies.

Commerce Secretary Ross said, “Our rule is not doing the same thing to TikTok as to WeChat. The real shut down would come after Nov 12. it’s very different how the 2 are being handled & that reflects the quantitative and qualitative differences between the two apps.”

Democrats may block the deal because of Oracle owner Larry Ellison’s close relationship with President Trump. Ellison has been a big supporter of the President and so Democrats may cry foul if the Trump Administration approves the deal.

Republicans aren’t so happy either. Many may vote against any deal which still leaves the Chinese company ByteDance as ownwer of Tik Tok.

Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, is a vocal critic of the deal. He wrote in a letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, “The available evidence compels only one conclusion: ByteDance has no intention whatsoever of relinquishing ultimate control of TikTok. That is precisely the problem that the President’s action sought to solve, and it is that same problem that the proposed Oracle partnership leaves fully intact. In short, the proposal violates the President’s executive order.”

The Senator released a copy of the letter on Twitter commenting, “Reports say @tiktok_us has reached a deal with an American company. I’m urging the Trump Administration NOT to approve it unless it involves a clean break w/@BytedanceTalk & total separation from #Beijing.”

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida tweeted, “The only thing that matters is whether we are protecting the personal & consumer data of Americans from being collected by &/or diverted to #China.”

Senator Ted Cruz tweeted, “As I expressed in my letter to Sec. Mnuchin, any deal between Oracle and ByteDance that fails to address national security concerns should be rejected. The Chinese Communist Party uses platforms like #TikTok for propaganda or espionage.”


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Spurs Fans Greet Gareth Bale Ahead of Season-Long Loan Deal


Fans of the Tottenham Hotspur soccer team gathered at the club’s training center in Enfield, London, on Friday, September 18, to mark the return of player Gareth Bale. Bale, 31, is expected to rejoin the club on a season-long loan deal. The Wales international first joined the Spurs in 2007 before moving to Real Madrid for a then world record £85 million in 2013. Bale is expected to earn around £13 million in wages for the year-long loan to Tottenham, reports said. Credit: super_ollyt via Storyful



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Ben Carson argues AG Barr’s comments on coronavirus, BLM can be misinterpreted: We must ‘deal with facts’


Attorney General William Barr’s criticism of modern-day “threats” to the Constitution, including the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, was controversial based on interpretation, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson said Thursday night.

Carson made the remarks on Fox News’ “The Story with Martha MacCallum.”

In Michigan on Wednesday, Barr publicly suggested that coronavirus lockdowns were the “greatest intrusion on civil liberties” since slavery and that the Black Lives Matter movement was using Black Americans as “props.”

Carson defended Barr.

“I know how deeply he cares about people and particularly about Black lives,” Carson said. “We talked about that. And I think what he is talking about can be interpreted depending on how a person feels. If they hate him and they hate the administration that he’s in, then obviously they interpret it one way. And people who know him and understand what he’s trying to say interpret it in another way.”

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Carson argued that Americans were not looking at the “big picture” concerning the repercussions of the pandemic and the guidelines for living through it have been inconsistently applied.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr speaks at a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Phoenix, where he announced results of a crackdown on international drug trafficking. (Associated Press)

“If we continue to shut down the economy, continue to shut down people’s ability to make a living, we will create a situation that is extremely difficult to rectify,” Carson explained. “And sometimes you almost get the impression that there’s some people who are rooting for that. I hope not.”

Regarding the attorney general’s comments on Black Lives Matter, Carson said he agrees with the sentiment Barr put forth and encouraged the public to research what the movement really advocates.

“It’s not really about those young children who are caught in the crossfire in neighborhood shootouts,” he said. “It’s not about what’s going on in Chicago every weekend. So I understand exactly what the attorney general is saying. But again, people these days take everything — they try to inflame the situation and it’s playing to the emotions of people.”

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“This is such an important time in our lives,” he added. “We really need to be able to deal with facts. Let’s not deal with emotion that is stirred up by people on television who are simply working for a paycheck.”



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