TikTok发言人周一晚在一份声明中说：“ TikTok受到1亿美国人的喜爱，因为它是娱乐，自我表达和联系的家。” “我们受到他们的热情和创造力的鼓舞，并致力于在我们长期打造TikTok的过程中，继续为家庭创造欢乐，并为那些在我们平台上创造的人们带来有意义的职业。TikTok将在这里待很多年。”
国务卿迈克·蓬佩奥（Mike Pompeo） 将该应用程序视为对国家安全的威胁，它已成为受到严格审查的主题。
President Donald Trump has changed his tune on TikTok -- somewhat.
Backing away from an immediate ban, Trump said on Monday if Microsoft or another "secure" and "very American" company doesnt buy the U.S. leg of the Chinese-owned operation by Sept. 15, the wildly-popular video app will cease operating in the U.S.
"I set a date of around Sept. 15, at which point its going to be out of business," Trump told White House reporters. "But if somebody, and whether its Microsoft or somebody else, buys it, thatll be interesting."
Adding that the brand name is "hot" right now, Trump said, "Its a great asset, but its not a great asset in the United States unless they have the approval of the United States. So itll close down on Sept. 15, unless Microsoft or somebody else is able to buy it and work out a deal."
"TikTok is loved by 100 million Americans because it is a home for entertainment, self-expression, and connection," a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement Monday night. "Were motivated by their passion and creativity, and committed to continuing to bring joy to families and meaningful careers to those who create on our platform as we build TikTok for the long term. TikTok will be here for many years to come."
The president had threatened to ban the app through executive authority amid security concerns with its Beijing-based parent company, ByteDance, but his softened position Monday followed a call with the Microsoft CEO as the company enters talks to purchase TikTok in the U.S.
After Microsoft disclosed the news in a blog post Sunday, Trump confirmed he spoke to its CEO Satya Nadella over the weekend on the potential acquisition and called their conversation "great."
"He called me to see whether or not -- how I felt about it and I said, "Look, it cant be controlled for security reasons by China. Too big, too invasive and it cant be," Trump said, adding he recommended Microsoft buy the entire company as opposed to one leg of it, which Trump said can get complicated.
In the earlier statement, Microsoft, on track to benefit from an increased social media app presence, confirmed its interest.
"Microsoft fully appreciates the importance of addressing the Presidents concerns. It is committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States, including the United States Treasury," the statement read.
The company said it and ByteDance have provided formal notice of their intent to explore a deal to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which would result in Microsoft owning and operating TikTok services in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Amid concerns about security and censorship surrounding the potential acquisition, Microsoft went on to say it would ensure that all private data of TikToks American users is transferred to the U.S. and that if any such currently stored or backed-up outside the country, Microsoft would ensure its deleted after transfer.
The statement ended with a warning that "discussions are preliminary and there can be no assurance that a transaction which involves Microsoft will proceed."
Trump on Monday appeared to suggest Microsoft would have to pay the U.S. government in order to complete the deal and compared the relationship of the app in the U.S. to that of a landlord and tenant, saying, "Without a lease, the tenant has nothing."
"A very substantial portion of that price is going to have to come into the Treasury of the United States. Because were making it possible for this deal to happen," Trump said. "Right now they dont have any rights, unless we give it to them. So if were going to give them the rights, it has to come into this country."
Its unclear under which federal authority Trump is speaking to as the U.S. government does not take cuts of the deals it approves.
The video app has an estimated 65-80 million active monthly users in the U.S., who share short videos with quick edits, music and filters.
It has become the subject of intense scrutiny with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo casting the app as a national security threat.