Days after President Donald Trump announced that he could ban TikTok from the United States with an executive regulation, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said the government is nearing a solution and I think you will see the President’s announcement shortly.
In an interview with Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” presenter Maria Bartiromo, Pompeo also said that the Trump administration could potentially act against other Chinese technology companies that do business in the United States, and claimed that some “data directly to pass on to the Chinese Communist Party ”. ”
ByteDance from Beijing, TikToks The owner is currently in talks with Microsoft to sell its TikTok business in the United States and several other countries to the American technology giant. Negotiations have become more urgent in the past two weeks when the Trump administration released escalating statements about the popular app.
Microsoft announced on Sunday that talks are currently ongoing regarding the purchase of TikTok̵
Reuters reported last week that ByteDance will give up control to Microsoft entirely, despite the fact that the company previously wanted to hold a minority stake in the US TikTok business.
In particular, Microsoft did not mention India in its statement, although TikTok was banned there in June, along with 58 other apps developed by Chinese companies and classified by the Indian government as a potential national security threat.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed last Wednesday that TikTok is under review by the United States Foreign Investment Committee (CFIUS). The CFIUS is already investigating whether the takeover of Musical.ly by ByteDance in 2018, which was merged with TikTok, poses a national security threat.
When asked by Bartiromo whether a sale would be enough to reassure the US government, Pompeo said the Trump administration would “ensure that everything we did puts us near zero risk for the American people” .
But several Republican lawmakers have said that a sale would not be enough. Marc Rubio, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told the Financial Times last week that TikTok still has questions to answer about where its data is stored and how it is protected.
“Until TikTok owners, regardless of who they are, can answer these basic questions and clarify their history, I remain concerned about the company’s activities and have reported ties to China,” said Rubio.
The day before Pompeo’s Fox News interview, White House trade advisor Peter Navarro told Fox News that the Trump administration was also “testing any software that sends information back to servers in China for Americans.”
Pompeo also suggested that the U.S. government take action against more Chinese technology companies.
“These Chinese software companies do business in the United States, whether TikTok or WeChat Countless others, like Peter Navarro said, are sharing data directly with the Chinese Communist Party that their national security apparatus could be their facial recognition pattern, residence information, phone numbers, and friends, ”he said.
Pompeo added that Trump “will take action in the coming days to address a wide range of national security threats posed by software related to the Chinese Communist Party,” but did not discuss what this will mean or which companies will be affected could be.
But one of them could be WeChat owned by Tencent. The U.S. government said last month that it could potentially limit WeChat in America, although the U.S. version of WeChat has far fewer features than that in China, where it also uses for payments, bookings, e-commerce, and other features becomes news.
While WeChat is ubiquitous in China, its user base in the United States is much smaller and is mainly used by members of the Chinese diaspora and foreign companies that operate or have a connection in China.