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Trump Says No Extension Will Be Issued Over TikTok Sale Deadline

© AP Photo / File photoThis Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, shows the icon for TikTok in New York.
This Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, shows the icon for TikTok in New York. - Sputnik International
US President Donald Trump said on Thursday there would be no extension to the September 15 deadline mandating Chinese social media company TikTok sell its US operations.

"TikTok is moving along, we'll see what happens. It'll either be closed up or they'll sell it," Trump told reporters on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews on Thursday as he prepared to fly to a political rally in Michigan.

"So we'll either close up TikTok in this country for security reasons, or it'll be sold," he said. "I'm not extending deadlines, no. It's September 15. There'll be no extension of the TikTok deadline."

Last month, Trump ordered TikTok's parent company, Beijing-based ByteDance, to sell its American business or the popular video app would be banned in the US, claiming it was a threat to national security. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has claimed the app and others, such as WeChat, are "feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party, their national security apparatus."

ByteDance has filed several lawsuits against the executive order, and the Chinese government has denied it has access to, or control over, data on ByteDance apps such as TikTok.

The Trump administration has also blacklisted several other Chinese tech giants, including Huawei and ZTE, barring them from selling their goods in the US except to licensed purchasers for much the same reason as TikTok.

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