Trump defends TikTok from House bill, reversing position on app

Former President Donald Trump defended TikTok the day that legislation advanced in the House of Representatives to force a divestiture by the social media platform’s Chinese parent company, a reversal from his policies as president.

Trump spoke in favor of TikTok soon after the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to approve Rep. Mike Gallagher’s (R-WI) Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act. The bill would make it unlawful for app stores to host social media applications owned by companies connected to “foreign adversaries,” such as China, Russia, or Iran, specifically focusing on TikTok and its parent company ByteDance. The bill now awaits a floor vote in the House.

Trump’s defense reverses his position from 2020 when he issued an order for ByteDance to sell TikTok or have the app banned in
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