Trump said he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order to enforce the action, insisting, "I have that authority". His Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned about a TikTok ban during a July 6 appearance on Fox News. Trump also told the press pool that he is against a US company buying TikTok's American operations, as Microsoft had reportedly been eyeing a purchase.
US national-security officials have been reviewing the Musical.ly acquisition in recent months, while USA armed forces have banned their employees from installing TikTok on government-issued phones.
The TikTok saga is the latest in a story of ever-growing tension between China and the US.
The US government has also said it might ban the app, which has millions of American users and is particularly popular among teenagers, but has come under fire for its security practices and concerns that its data could be exploited by the Chinese government.
Earlier today, people working on the issue within the Trump administration expected the president to sign an order to force ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns the social media platform, to sell the USA operations of TikTok, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Trump made clear he was not in favor of a deal to let a USA company buy TikTok's American operations. Ordering the divestment of TikTok would not be the first time the White House has taken action over such concerns.
"We're looking at TikTok". ByteDance originally bought US-based Musical.ly Inc in 2017 and merged it with TikTok, creating a social-media hit in the USA - the first Chinese app to make such inroads. We're maybe banning TikTok. The company has hired a US CEO and a former top Disney executive in an attempt to distance itself from its Chinese ownership. Chinese law can compel any domestic company to hand over all collected user data.
United States tech giants such as Facebook and Snapchat have come to see the Chinese-made platform as a competitive threat. As TikTok became more popular, United States officials grew concerned about the potential for the Chinese government to use the app to gain data on USA citizens.
Earlier this year, Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd sold Grindr LLC, a popular gay dating app it bought in 2016, for $620 million after being ordered by CFIUS to divest. Washington has been investigating potential national security risks due to the Chinese company's control of the app.