Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is asking Congress for $4 billion in taxpayer dollars to cover the costs of selling secrets to a Chinese company and then selling them to the Chinese government.

The Commerce Department said Thursday that it will give the $2.5 million in the Commerce-International Trade Center Act of 2018 to the American Enterprise Institute.

Ross said the agency will “use this money to ensure the Chinese Government has access to our information to protect American consumers and businesses.”

The Chinese company, CITIC, is expected to make a final decision on the sale in the next few days.

Ross said the deal with CITICO will be the largest commercial transaction of its kind in U.P. history.

“This deal is the culmination of a remarkable partnership between President Xi Jinping and President Trump, with the President’s blessing and support, and with the help of Congress and the White House,” Ross said in a statement.

China already controls about 90 percent of the world’s trade in U of P products.

Ross announced the sale of the U.T.C. to CITICA, the largest foreign direct investment company in the United States.

Ross also announced that he will be signing an executive order this week that will prohibit companies from using U.K. taxpayer money to help pay for trade secrets.

Ross said in the statement that the administration has “made clear to foreign entities that seek to purchase U.U.P.-based intellectual property that they must have the full confidence of the United Kingdom in their ability to operate as they choose.”

Ross also said that the U-turn on the deal will help to preserve U.p. intellectual property, including trademarks and patents, as well as U.s. national security and foreign policy secrets.

Congress approved the trade-secret sales in the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act of 2006.

That law gave Congress the authority to approve such deals, and lawmakers were given the authority in 2008 to approve and disapprove of any sale of intellectual property.

President Trump has called for a return to the Cold War trade policy that led to the signing of the Bilateral Investment Treaty in 1989.

In a statement Thursday, Trump said he is “encouraged” by the Commerce Department’s announcement, which he called “a good first step toward ensuring the United State remains a leader in global trade.”

The Commerce Secretary said the administration is also working with the U:S.

Trade Representative on a comprehensive bilateral trade agreement that would address U. S. trade deficits with the world.

Trump’s trade team has said it has the ability to sell U. U. p. trade- secrets for pennies on the dollar.