Secretary of State Pompeo said that President Donald Trump will soon take action against Chinese software companies that directly provide data to the Beijing government, which poses a threat to US national security.
Pompeo said: “President Trump said’enough’ and we will solve it. Therefore, in the next few days, he will take action against the widespread national security risks brought by CCP-related software.” On Fox News Said on the channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures”.
Trump told reporters on Air Force One on Friday that he would issue an order to ban the social media platform TikTok in the United States as early as Saturday, before the news was released.
In the past few months, US officials have repeatedly stated that under the leadership of its current Chinese parent company, Beijing software company ByteDance, TikTok will pose a national risk due to the personal data it processes.
“For the American people, they are real privacy issues. For a long time, the United States has been saying:’Gosh, if we have fun, or if a company can make money from it, we are’ Never allow this to happen again,” Pompeo said.
In response, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Saturday that, in response to a recent proposal, Bytedance was willing to spin off TikTok’s business in the United States to Microsoft in order to conclude a deal with the White House. This proposal has some support from the president’s allies, including Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in another interview on Sunday that the matter is being reviewed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which reviews the impact of foreign business transactions on national security.
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