Pompeo says U.S. may take action against TikTok and other Chinese tech companies “shortly”

Pompeo says U.S. may take action against TikTok and other Chinese tech companies “shortly”

Days after President Donald Trump introduced he may use an govt order to ban TikTok from the United States, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo stated the administration is “closing in on an answer and I believe you’ll see the president’s announcement shortly.”

In an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” host Maria Bartiromo, Pompeo additionally stated that the Trump administration could take motion in opposition to different Chinese tech corporations doing enterprise within the U.S., claiming that some are “feeding information on to the Chinese Communist Party.”

Trump advised reporters he’ll use govt energy to ban TikTok

Beijing-based ByteDance, TikTok’s proprietor, is presently in talks with Microsoft to promote its TikTok enterprise within the U.S. and several other different nations to the American tech big. The negotiations have taken on extra urgency during the last two weeks because the Trump administration issued extra statements about TikTok.

Microsoft stated on Sunday that it’s in discussions to purchase TikTok’s operations within the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand by September 15, and that its chief govt officer, Satya Nadella had talked to Trump concerning the president’s safety considerations.

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Reuters reported final week that ByteDance will fully relinquish management to Microsoft, despite the fact that it had beforehand wished to carry onto a minority stake within the U.S. TikTok enterprise.

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Notably, Microsoft didn’t point out India in its assertion, despite the fact that TikTok was banned there in June, together with 58 different apps developed by Chinese corporations that the Indian authorities deemed potential threats to nationwide safety.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed final Wednesday that TikTok is below assessment by the Committee on Foreign Investment within the U.S. (CFIUS). The CFIUS is already investigating whether or not ByteDance’s acquisition of in 2018, which it merged with TikTok, constitutes a nationwide safety menace.

When requested by Bartiromo if a sale could be sufficient to placate the U.S. authorities, Pompeo stated the Trump administration would “make it possible for the whole lot we have now carried out drives us as near zero danger for the American folks.”

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But a number of Republican lawmakers have stated {that a} sale wouldn’t be sufficient. Marc Rubio, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, advised the Financial Times final week that TikTok nonetheless must reply questions on the place its information is retailer and the way it’s protected.

“Until TikTok’s house owners—no matter who that is likely to be—can reply these fundamental questions and get its story straight, I stay involved concerning the firm’s actions and reported ties to China,” Rubio stated.

Beyond TikTok

The day earlier than Pompeo’s Fox News interview, White House commerce adviser Peter Navarro advised Fox News that the Trump administration can be reviewing “any sort of software program that sends the knowledge for Americans again to servers in China.”

Pompeo additionally urged that the U.S. authorities could take motion in opposition to extra Chinese expertise corporations.

“These Chinese software program corporations doing enterprise within the United States, whether or not it’s TikTok or WeChat—there are numerous extra, as Peter Navarro stated, are feeding information on to the Chinese Communist Party, their nationwide safety equipment, may very well be their facial recognition sample, details about their residence, their telephone numbers, their mates,” he alleged.

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Pompeo added that Trump will “take motion within the coming days with respect to a broad array of nationwide safety dangers which can be offered by software program linked to the Chinese Communist Party,” however didn’t elaborate on what that can entail or what corporations is likely to be affected.

But one in every of them could also be WeChat, owned by Tencent. The U.S. authorities stated final month that it might limit WeChat in America, despite the fact that the model of WeChat accessible within the U.S. has far much less options than the one in China, the place it’s used for funds, bookings e-commerce and different capabilities along with messaging.

While WeChat is ubiquitous in China, its consumer base within the U.S. is way smaller, and it’s primarily utilized by members of the Chinese diaspora and international companies which have operations or a connection in China.


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