President Donald Trump has announced he is banning the Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok in the US.
Reporters in the White House press pool have said via Twitter, that the president told them on Air Force One that he will ban the video sharing app in the US, and is apparently against the possible sale to a US company like Microsoft.
According to Donald Trump, he believes he has the power to do that via executive order or emergency economic powers, but was not specific about how such a ban would work. Bloomberg, he told reporters he will sign a document tomorrow. On Twitter, the president said “We have more Cases because we do more Testing. It’s Lamestream Media Gold!,” referencing the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 150,000 people in the US.
The move to ban TikTok comes at a time of heightened tensions between the Trump administration and the Chinese government over a number of issues, including trade disputes and Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.