Sen. Blackburn: U.S. Cannot Allow Communist China To Spy On Americans

Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn is fighting to keep China out of America’s private data, as China experts warn that Beijing’s vast spy network is infiltrating nations all over the world through social media applications.

Republican Sen. Blackburn, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, explained to Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo that China’s expansive spy network poses a direct threat to U.S. national security. Blackburn is right. The threat also appears to be the most dangerous faced by the U.S. in modern times as the Chinese communist government is also simultaneously doing the same in other parts of the world.

Bartiromo asked Blackburn about the ongoing controversy regarding the U.S. battle with China over the social media app TikTok, which President Donald Trump has threatened to ban unless it is managed or taken over by a U.S. entity. U.S. and western intelligence officials have noted that TikTok is being used by Beijing to collect data on its users.

According to recent reports, TikTok and Oracle will become business partners in the United States. The decision was announced Tuesday after Microsoft lost the deal to obtain about the short-form video app. However, the exact nature of the contract between TikTok and Oracle (ORCL) remains unclear. Reports suggest it was not an outright sale. 

The complication with the deal, says Blackburn, along with other Senators opposed to the agreement, is that it appears to be a shell game that allows TikTok to remain with its developer China’s ByteDance company.

“The deal is you have to look at what ByteDance participation would be,” she said. “You have to look at what would happen with the data of U.S. consumers. How would this be transported is it held within the U.S.? Does ByteDance have visibility into that? Now CIFIUS (Committee On Foreign Investment In the United States) reviewed this yesterday, we do not know what they will come out with but we do know that Oracle is pushing to make this happen.”

“You know I’ve had concerns for some time about China,” she added. “I’m concerned about what they are doing with data, concerned about their spy networks. We do not need to let them get any type presence that is going to give them control over U.S. consumer data.”