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President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable discussion on the coronavirus outbreak and storm preparedness at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla., Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) 

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — President Donald Trump says he will take action as soon as Saturday to ban Chinese-owned video app TikTok from the United States.

Trump made the announcement to reporters Friday on Air Force One as he returned from Florida.

“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump said.

U.S. lawmakers have raised intelligence and privacy concerns about the company’s ownership. The company has denied allegations that it shares user data with the Chinese government.

The move comes as Trump has ratcheted up tensions with China during the coronavirus pandemic and stalled trade negotiations between the two nations.

The company’s operations in the U.S. has been under review by the secretive Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

Trump said he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order to enforce the action, insisting, “I have that authority.”

(13) comments

ThirtyoneForTwo

Good I'm glad tik Tok is gone it was stupid stupid crap on there!

pooly

JQP: When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the looser.

JohnQPublic

I know you're out there. I can feel you now. I know that you're afraid . . . you're afraid of us. You're afraid of change.

I don't know the future. I didn't come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it's going to begin. We're going to show them a world without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you.

pooly

JQP: Really stupid bit of blather. Take of your tin foil hat and contribute something worthwhile.

opinionscrossroad

@pooly.. LOL @ tr JQP that's hilarious and original.. Not even I thought to invoke the force from the original star wars.. ROFL..

@the real JohnQPublic

"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened."

JohnQPublic

Very funny libtard. You thing you are tricky but it's you that the fool.

@the real JohnQPublic

No libtard here. I used to be the JQP, but changed my screen name to blue pill peddler. Once I saw what you did, I changed it back to the real JQP. Good one, you got me there taking over my original screen name. I just can't figure out who your original screen name was. Anyone else?

Obey Your Master

Excuse me, but did I miss the part where anybody began to care what "JQP" thinks or writes?

justbecool

It’s Trumpus. Blatantly obvious.

ThirtyoneForTwo

Actually you are the fool. Look at how you write! Lol

Cheburashka

I thought your comment was funny. I thought your losing your handle was even funnier. Trolling the trolls. Triggering the triggerers.

JohnQPublic

Whatever the fake "real" john is up to, you're still my favorite target

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