Trump says he’ll act to ban TikTok in United States

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US President Donald Trump holds a COVID-19 and storm preparedness roundtable in Belleair, Florida, July 31, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — President Donald Trump said he will take action as soon as Saturday, August 1, to ban Chinese-owned video app TikTok from the United States.

Trump made the announcement to reporters Friday on Air Force One as he returned from Florida.

“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump said.

The weekend came and went without an executive order. However, Pompeo on Sunday, Aug. 2, said that the administration is still looking at taking broad action against the app. A committee is reviewing to see if that is possible.

U.S. lawmakers have raised intelligence and privacy concerns about the company’s ownership. The company has denied allegations that it shares user data with the Chinese government.

The move comes as Trump has ratcheted up tensions with China during the coronavirus pandemic and stalled trade negotiations between the two nations.

The company’s operations in the U.S. has been under review by the secretive Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

Trump said he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order to enforce the action, insisting, “I have that authority.”

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