Earlier the US President promised to ban the TikTok app.
President Donald Trump will soon take action against Chinese software developers who transmit data directly to the government in Beijing, posing a threat to US national security. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced on Sunday.
“President Trump said: “Enough is enough,” and we intend to fix the situation, so in the coming days, he will take action on a wide range of national security risks coming from software linked to the Chinese Communist Party,” Pompeo said, speaking on Fox News.
Earlier, Trump told reporters onboard the presidential plane that he would issue an Executive order banning the TikTok app in the United States.
Over the past few months, US officials have repeatedly stated that TikTok, owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, poses a threat to national security because of the personal data being processed.
“They present a real privacy problem for the American people, and for a long time, the US just said,’ well, if we like it and the company makes money from it, then so be it, ‘” Pompeo said.
In response, ByteDance expressed its willingness to transfer TikTok’s US operations to Microsoft in an attempt to reach an agreement with the White House; two informed sources told Reuters on Saturday.
This proposal received some support among the President’s allies, including Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.
In a separate interview on Sunday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Committee on foreign investment in the United States, which analyzes the impact of transactions with foreigners on national security, is studying the issue.