The clock is ticking for TikTok. Or is it? Donald Trump doesn’t seem to know.
At the beginning of August, Trump demanded that the app disconnect from its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, or that a ban be imminent in the United States. However, he doesn’t seem clear about when to set a deadline himself based on what he told reporters Thursday night.
“We will either close TikTok in this country for security reasons or it will be sold,” Trump is waiting for a flight to one of his re-election rallies.
When asked about a possible extension of TikTok̵
There are only a couple of problems. For one thing, Trump has already approved an extension of the original deadline. And neither the original date nor the extended deadline falls on September 15th.
On August 6, Trump signed a TikTok. The order banned anyone in the US from doing business with ByteDance, the China-based parent company, as the Chinese government may have had security issues. Trump gave TikTok 45 days to find a US-based buyer.
45 days from August 6th is not September 15th. It’s September 20th.
As already mentioned, Trump has already referred to a date on September 15 when discussing a deadline for a TikTok acquisition.
“I have set an appointment around September 15th. Business in the US will cease at that point.” Trump days before signing the Executive Order.
Ah, “around September 15th! “You say maybe you want to give him the benefit of the doubt. Sure, OK. Except that Trump signed.” Another Executive order about a week after the previous one, up to 90 days … well into November.
Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, has given TikTok an ultimatum: sever relations with your Chinese parent company Bytedance and sell it to a US-based organization or Their viral video app is banned in the US. It seems perfectly reasonable for Trump to know exactly what date this deadline falls. It seems like a pretty important detail.
As of September 12, officially on paper, that deadline is about a month and a half away. Perhaps Trump will remember or be reminded of this extension before September 15. Or there’s a good chance he’ll wake up on the morning of September 15th and explain that TikTok is banned … when it wouldn’t.
Or maybe none of these dates matter. TikTok is currently on the ban. Legal experts know whether the US government has the option to ban the app at all. China has indicated that it will do everything in its power.
However, one thing is clear: right now, the future of TikTok in the US is very unclear.