President Trump Reiterates US Interest In Banning Chinese App TikTok
President Donald Trump says that the US is considering a ban on the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok over national security concerns. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed that the app was being reviewed by the department’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the US, according to a report by CNBC News.
Earlier this month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US was considering a ban on the Chinese social media platform alongside many other applications. Trump recently echoed these remarks, suggesting the US is even more interested in the possibility of a ban.
“We are looking at TikTok,” Trump said. “We are thinking about making a decision.”
Mnunchin said that the Treasury department would be “making a recommendation to the president” regarding possible national security risks posed by the platform. CFIUS plans to look into the acquisition of TikTok by ByteDance using their ability to look into foreign investments.
Democrats and Republicans have issued bans on the app already over security concerns.
According to a report by DailyMail, the Biden campaign recently banned their staff from using the site due to concerns surrounding security and privacy. Dana Remus, Biden’s general counsel, ordered all staff members to delete the app from their personal and work phones and “refrain from downloading and using TikTok”.
The House also recently passed an amendment to a defense bill that would ban TikTok for government-owned devices.
In December, the Defense Information Systems Agency advised Department of Defense staffers to avoid usage of TikTok, citing potential security risks.
Read the full report here.