US President Trump says he will ban TikTok

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Washington: US President Donald Trump has said that he will take action as soon as Saturday to ban TikTok, a popular Chinese-owned video app.

Trump did not specify whether he will act through an executive order, or another method such as a designation.

Trump’s comments come as it was reported Friday that Microsoft has held talks to buy the TikTok video-sharing mobile app from Chinese owner ByteDance.

“As far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump said, calling the action a “severance.”

Trump made the comments while chatting with reporters on Air Force One during the flight back to Washington from Florida.

Trump said earlier on Friday that the administration was looking at various options for what to do with TikTok, including banning the app.

The move by the Trump administration represents another step in the deteriorating relations between Washington and Beijing and comes a week after the U.S. closed the Chinese consulate in Houston, prompting China to shutter the U.S. consulate in Chengdu.

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