On Friday, President Donald Trump notified the Chinese firm ByteDance that it has 90 days to divest itself of any assets used to support the popular TikTok app in the United States.
Trump’s executive order stated there’s “credible evidence that leads me to believe that ByteDance … might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States.”
Last week, Trump ordered sweeping bans on affairs with the Chinese owners of TikTok and the messaging app WeChat, declaring that they are a threat to US national security, the economy, and our foreign policy.
The Democrats in no time will condemn the president’s decision, not because it’s wrong, but because they’ll be able to claim he’s racist because the Chinese are Asian. They will focus their messaging more on race than on the merits of the executive orders.
It has been reported that the TikTok app sends every piece of data entered into the system to the communist Chinese government.
As of right now no one knows what this means for the 100 million users in the United States, a lot of them teenagers and young adults who use it to post and watch videos. Trump also ordered ByteDance to divest itself of “any data obtained or derived” from TikTok users in the US.
Microsoft is in negotiations now to buy parts of TikTok.
On Thursday, Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, defended Trump’s earlier TikTok and WeChat executive orders, explaining to reporters the president was exercising his emergency authority under a 1977 law that authorizes the president to regulate international commerce in order to address unusual threats. Democrats and Mitt Romney will probably jump right on removing that law.
“The administration is committed to protecting the American people from all cyber threats and these apps collect significant amounts of private data on users,” McEnany said, adding that the Chinese government can access and that such data.
TikTok executives said it has spent nearly a year trying to engage in “good faith” with the US government to handle these issues.
I wouldn’t believe anything from any entity that has ties to the Chinese government.,
“What we encountered instead was that the administration paid no attention to facts, dictated terms of an agreement without going through standard legal processes, and tried to insert itself into negotiations between private businesses,” the company’s statement said.
That’s China’s way of trying to shame our government into compliance. It may have worked with past presidents, but not Trump. The Chinese gave us a pandemic that allowed our Democrats to destroy our economy all to hurt Trump’s reelection efforts. the chi-coms lied about it, and if they have any control over a Chinese company, they will lie about it’s practices as well.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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