Trump aide expects ban on WeChat, TikTok to ‘ultimately succeed’

WeChat and TikTok

WASHINGTON: US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said he expects President Donald Trump’s efforts to “ultimately” succeed by blocking the WeChat and TikTok apps.

Moves by the Trump administration to limit the social media sites operated by China in the US for what it claimed were national security purposes, as a result of court injunctions, were put on hold.

Users of WeChat and TikTok have suggested that the bans have been prompted rather than legitimate security concerns by election year politics.

“O’Brien said at an event in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, “We are now looking at these court proceedings. However the federal government can wait to see what our courts tell us we can do or can not do with respect to those bans.

I think the president’s authority will finally be upheld with these bans on certain apps. And I think that though the administration changes, such bans would take effect.

Joe Biden

President-elect Joe Biden

President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office on Jan 20, has vowed to review the TikTok app’s security risks.

O’Brien said The administration is also looking at other Chinese firms that have popular apps in the US that take a lot of data from the American people”. We’re also taking a look at those apps, and some action may take place. We’re going to have to see what the President tries to do.

O’Brien took jabs at China repeatedly.

China has to learn to comply with international laws, and it should not behave as though it owns the South China Sea “like a lake,” he said.

In the resource-rich South China Sea, China’s expansive territorial claims have set it at odds with Southeast Asian neighbours. Including Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia.

For decades, the US has dispatched warships and aircraft near contested areas to demonstrate its right to access what it considers international airspace and waters.


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