Trump to act on Chinese software companies in coming days, Pompeo says


© Reuters. U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo testifies before Senate Foreign Relations Committee

(Reuters) – Donald will take action shortly on Chinese companies that are feeding data directly to the government, posing a risk to U.S. national security, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday.

“President Trump has said ‘enough’ and we’re going to fix it and so he will take action in the coming days with respect to a broad array of national security risks that are presented by software connected to the Chinese Communist Party,” Pompeo said on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning .”

The news comes after Trump told reporters onboard Air Force One on Friday that he would issue an order for social media platform TikTok to be banned in the as early as Saturday.

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Over the last several months, U.S. officials have repeatedly said TikTok under its current Chinese parent company, Beijing-based software firm ByteDance, poses a national risk because of the personal data it handles.

“They’re true privacy issues for the American people and for a long time, a long time the United States just said ‘well goodness if we’re having fun with it, or if a company can make money off of it, we’re going to permit that to happen,'” Pompeo said.

In response, under a recent proposal, ByteDance is willing to divest the U.S. operations of TikTok to Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) in a bid to make a deal with the , two people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Saturday. That offer has gained some support from allies of the president, including Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (NYSE:GHM).

In a separate interview on Sunday, Treasury Secretary said the Committee on Foreign in the United States, which reviews the national security implications of foreign business deals, is looking at the matter.



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