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Trump introduced the plan to reporters on Air Power One Friday evening, citing nationwide safety considerations in regards to the Chinese language-owned firm giving American person knowledge to the Chinese language authorities. 

“To followers and customers of #TikTok I perceive your considerations,” Graham tweeted from his marketing campaign account. “Nonetheless President Trump is correct to need to guarantee that the Chinese language Communist Celebration doesn’t personal TikTok and most significantly — your whole personal knowledge.”

On the time, a TikTok spokesperson responded to Trump’s menace by mentioning that American person knowledge is saved within the U.S. and that there’s vital American funding within the app. 

Trump’s announcement promptly generated criticism from TikTok customers who accused the president of threatening freedoms of speech and expression.

ByteDance, the Chinese language mother or father firm of TikTok, is reportedly prepared to forfeit its stake within the U.S. operations of the app to Microsoft following Trump’s announcement of the ban, in keeping with a report from Rueters printed Saturday. 

Earlier within the day on Friday, studies circulated that President Trump was going to require ByteDance to unload its U.S. operations. On the time, the president was undecided on his plan in regards to the firm, saying that he was “taking a look at TikTok.”   

Graham mentioned described the potential sale of TikTok to Microsoft as a “win-win.”

“Have an American firm like Microsoft take over TikTok,” Graham tweeted, saying the transfer “retains competitors alive and knowledge out of the palms of the Chinese language Communist Celebration.”