Trump Admin Weighs Banning Chinese App TikTok
The Trump administration is weighing a decision to possibly ban the popular video creation application TikTok, which is owned by China, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed to Fox News host Laura Ingraham Monday night.
“Laura, your viewers should know we’re taking this very seriously. We’re certainly looking at it. We’ve worked on this very issue for a long time, whether it was the problems of having Huawei technology in your infrastructure. We’ve gone all over the world and we’re making real progress getting that out. We declared ZTE a danger to American national security. We’ve done all of these things,” Pompeo told Ingraham of the decision.
“With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too, Laura. I don’t want to get out in front of the President, but it’s something we’re looking at.”
When asked whether he would recommend Americans download the app, Pompeo remarked, “Only if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”
The app has amassed 30 million American users. It’s already been banned in India and Australia is moving to do the same. The Pentagon has already warned of the app’s security threats and many departments including the U.S. Army have banned its use altogether.