Trump Says He’ll Ban TikTok From Operating in the United States
Saturday, 1 August 2020
Donald Trump on Friday told reporters that he intends to ban popular social media app TikTok from operating inside the United States, a continuation of remarks he’s made throughout the week.
“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump told reporters on Air Force One. Trump added “I have that authority. I can do it with an executive order or that.”
Trump indicated that he would likely sign the order on Saturday.
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The decision to ban the service entirely seems to have been reached late in the day. Earlier Friday, Bloomberg reported that Trump was considering an executive order that would demand TikTok’s Chinese corporate owner ByteDance divest ownership of the app and sell it to an American company. Microsoft quickly emerged the top contender to acquire the video sharing service; however, Trump told reporters he didn’t support such a sale. It was not clear if Trump objected specifically to Microsoft’s involvement or just to any such deal.
Earlier this week, Trump said he was “looking at” taking action against TikTok; it was unclear if he meant banning TikTok outright at the time. Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden also prohibited his staffers from using TikTok on both their personal and work devices on Tuesday.
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