WASHINGTON, US: President Donald Trump has issued a pair of executive orders that would ban any US transactions with the Chinese companies including the ones that own WeChat and TikTok.
As per the executive order, for 45 days, “any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States,” with the companies is prohibited.
US lawmakers and the Trump administration slammed the apps for potentially compromising national security.
ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, faces a deadline of 15 September either to sell its US operations to Microsoft or another US firm to avoid an outright ban.
Trump wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that mobile applications developed and owned by companies in the People’s Republic of China (China) continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the country.
Added to that according to a Chinese law introduced in 2017, companies have an obligation to support and cooperate with the country’s intelligence work.
BREAKING: President Trump just issued an executive order "on Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok." It takes effect in 45 days, prohibits "any transaction" with ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok, and will almost certainly face legal challenges. pic.twitter.com/Ma9XOfYgOB— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) August 7, 2020
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