WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order that would ban the social media app TikTok from the U.S. if their Chinese parent company does not sell it to an American company in the next 45 days. In a statement shortly after signing the executive order, Trump made it clear that the private data stolen from the app should be in the hands of the NSA and not in the hands of Chinese intelligence agencies.
“It is clear that the phone conversations, pictures, and location information that the TikTok app steals should be in the hands of our own intelligence community and not in the hands of the Chinese,” said Trump, “If anyone is going to blackmail U.S. citizens with data obtained clandestinely from a social media app, it should be us, not them.”
In a survey taken shortly after Trump signed the executive order, a vast majority of Americans said they didn’t care whether data from the app was stolen by American intelligence agencies versus Chinese intelligence agencies, as long as it meant they wouldn’t be taking away Tatum the Talking Doggo.
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