Axios morning email thingie:
President Trump said on Air Force One last night that he plans to ban Chinese video app TikTok as soon as today, via either executive order or emergency economic powers, Kia Kokalitcheva writes.
- “As far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States,” he told the press pool. “I have that authority.”
Why it matters: TikTok has been caught in the crossfire of escalating tensions between the U.S. and China.
- Trump made clear he was not in favor of a deal to let a U.S. company buy TikTok’s American operations, according to the pool report.
“TikTok, owned by Chinese tech giant ByteDance, has come under fire from lawmakers and government officials on both sides of the aisle over fears that it could turn over American users’ information to the Chinese government. TikTok says it has not provided consumers’ personal information to Beijing and would not do so.
“The president said he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order to ban TikTok in the United States. ‘Well, I have that authority. I can do it with an executive order or that,’ Trump said, referring to emergency economic powers. Trump made clear he was not in favor of a deal to let a U.S. company buy TikTok’s American operations, following reports that Microsoft is in talks to do just that.”
I don’t understand the appeal of TikTok, but I am not their target market: the Yutes of Today are. And if anything is going to get them out to vote, even if it is something as silly as preserving TikTok, is fine with me. Prznint Stupid may have kicked the wasp nest.