Trump To Take Action On Chinese Software Companies: Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Mike Pompeo, the United States Secretary of State, has said that U.S. President Donald Trump will take action shortly on Chinese software companies that are supposedly feeding data directly to the Chinese government and apparently posing a risk to U.S. national security. Pompeo made such a statement on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” “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,” he said.

Pompeo's statement notably comes on the heels of the Trump administration looking to ban TikTok, the social media sensation owned by Chinese technology firm ByteDance. Onboard the Airforce One on Friday, Trump Trump said that he would issue an order for TikTok to be banned in the U.S., and on the heels of his statement, reports emerged of Microsoft, a US-based company, looking to acquire TikTok's US operations, presumably to avert a possible ban. Reports also emerged of TikTok's owner, ByteDance Technologies, looking to cede control of the app to a group of US-based investors.

The Trump Administration has itself been hard on Chinese firms doing business in the U.S. and accused of collaborating with government-affiliated entities back in China. Just in May, nearly three-dozen Chinese firms were blacklisted over alleged ties human rights abuses and Chinese military activities. This was in addition to dozens more firms already earlier blacklisted by the United States Department of Commerce. 

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