WASHINGTON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Reports that the United States is discussing launching a national security review of some of Elon Musk’s initiatives are “not true,” the White House said on Monday.
White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre declined to comment on the Biden administration’s relationship with Musk or his business dealings with other countries.
Asked about a Bloomberg News report last week that Biden administration officials are discussing whether some of Musk’s initiatives should face national security reviews, Jean-Pierre said, “Those reports are not true. … The national security review — that’s not true. .”
Bloomberg reported Thursday that U.S. officials are weighing what tools, if any, are available to the U.S. government to allow some of Musk’s ventures, including SpaceX’s Starlink satellite network and its $44 billion deal for Twitter Inc ( TWTR.N ). Security reviews.
The presence of foreign investors in Musk’s Twitter deal could trigger a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), Bloomberg reported at the time.
Steve Holland and Andrea Shallal reported; Edited by Franklin Paul and Aurora Ellis
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