White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany listens to a question during a press briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
UPDATED 2:20 PM PT — Tuesday, August 4, 2020
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the president remains focused on protecting the private data of all Americans.
McEnany made the comment Tuesday after President Trump said the Chinese-owned app TikTok would be banned in the U.S. in mid-September if it’s not sold to an American company.
The Trump administration said the app poses a national security threat because it feeds data directly to the Chinese Communist Party. The press secretary reiterated those concerns during Tuesday’s briefing.
The Treasury Department is conducting a national security review of TikTok. Meanwhile, U.S. tech giant Microsoft is interested in buying the app and the president supports the move.