Day: August 3, 2020

Pompeo says U.S. may take action against TikTok and other Chinese tech companies “shortly” – TechCrunch

Days after President Donald Trump announced he could use an executive order to ban TikTok from the United States, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said the administration is “closing in on a solution and I think you’ll see the president’s announcement shortly.”

In an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” host Maria Bartiromo, Pompeo also said that the Trump administration may take action against other Chinese tech companies doing business in the U.S., claiming that some are “feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party.”

Beijing-based ByteDance, TikTok’s owner, is currently in talks with Microsoft to sell its TikTok business in the U.S. and several other countries to the American tech giant. The negotiations have taken on more urgency over the last two weeks as the Trump administration issued escalating statements about the popular app.

Microsoft said on Sunday that it is in discussions to buy TikTok’s operations in

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