Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that President Donald Trump will take action shortly on Chinese software companies that are feeding data directly to the Beijing government, posing a risk to US national security.

Pompeo said on Fox News Channel’s Sunday Morning Futures that “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.”

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

Over the last several months, US 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.

Pompeo said that “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.'”

Two people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Saturday that in response, ByteDance is willing to divest the US operations of TikTok to Microsoft in a bid to make a deal with the White House. That offer has gained some support from allies of the president, including Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.

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

Source: https://gadgets.ndtv.com/social-networking/news/tiktok-bytedance-us-ban-donald-trump-chinese-companies-mike-pompeo-2273206

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