Trump rightly targets Chinese surveillance apps TikTok and WeChat

After years of tough talk about China, President Trump finally moved to shore up the free world’s soft underbelly in the new Cold War: data.

With two executive orders announced near midnight on Thursday, Trump gave Chinese firms ByteDance and Tencent just 45 days to sell off their respective social media subsidiaries, TikTok and WeChat, respectively, to owners not answerable to the regime in Beijing.

In contrast to his crowd-pleasing tariffs against China, Trump is knowingly taking an electoral gamble with these executive orders. According to the New York Times, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Sen. Lindsey Graham were trying to convince Trump to soften his TikTok opposition
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