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C.) defended President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will ban TikTok from operating in the US Trump's 2019 financial disclosure reveals revenue at Mar-a-Lago, other major clubs Treasury to conduct policy review of tax-exempt status for universities after Trump tweets MORE’s plans to ban the social media platform TikTok from operating in the United States.

Trump announced the plan to reporters on Air Force One Friday night, citing national security concerns about the Chinese-owned company giving American user data to the Chinese government. 

“To fans and users of #TikTok I understand your concerns,” Graham tweeted from his campaign account. “However President Trump is right to want to make sure that the Chinese Communist Party doesn’t own TikTok and most importantly — all of your private data.”

To fans and users of #TikTok I understand your concerns.

However President Trump is right to want to make sure that the Chinese Communist Party doesn’t own TikTok and most importantly — all of your private data.

— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 1, 2020

At the time, a TikTok spokesperson responded to Trump’s threat by pointing out that American user data is stored in the U.S. and that there is significant American investment in the app. 

Trump’s announcement promptly generated criticism from TikTok users who accused the president of threatening freedoms of speech and expression.

ByteDance, the Chinese parent company of TikTok, is reportedly willing to forfeit its stake in the U.S. operations of the app to Microsoft following Trump's announcement of the ban, according to a report from Rueters published Saturday. 

Earlier in the day on Friday, reports circulated that President Trump was going to require ByteDance to sell off its U.S. operations. At the time, the president was undecided on his plan about the company, saying that he was "looking at TikTok."   

Graham said described the potential sale of TikTok to Microsoft as a "win-win."

"Have an American company like Microsoft take over TikTok," Graham tweeted, saying the move "keeps competition alive and data out of the hands of the Chinese Communist Party."

 

What’s the right answer?

Have an American company like Microsoft take over TikTok.

Win-win.

Keeps competition alive and data out of the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.

— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 1, 2020 Tags Microsoft ByteDance tiktok Lindsey Graham Donald Trump TikTok ban Social media

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Kershaw sharp in return, Bellinger HR, Dodgers blank D-backs

PHOENIX (AP) — Clayton Kershaw threw 5 2/3 sharp innings in his season debut, NL MVP Cody Bellinger hit his first home run of the season and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0 on Sunday.

Mookie Betts homered ans doubled before leaving early because of an injury. The Dodgers won three times in the four-game series, and have taken five of six overall.

Kershaw (1-0) gave up three hits, walked none and struck out six. The three-time Cy Young Award winner was supposed to make his ninth opening day start on July 23, but was scratched hours before the game because of a back injury suffered in the weight room.

In his return, the 32-year-old Kershaw threw 81 pitches. He retired his first 10 batters and his fastball was in the 92-94 mph range.

The left-hander didn’t allow a baserunner until Starling Marte and Christian Walker hit back-to-back singles in the fourth inning. Kershaw retired the next two hitters, fanning Kole Calhoun to end the threat.

Bellinger got a rare day off on Saturday after starting the season with a .139 batting average and no homers through eight games. The rest appeared to do him good: He hit a full-count changeup from Merrill Kelly (1-1) into the right field bullpen for a two-run homer in the first.

Betts hit a home run that splashed into the Chase Field swimming pool beyond the right-center field wall in the fifth inning. He appeared to hurt his finger earlier in the at-bat, and the star right fielder was pulled for a pinch hitter in the seventh. X-rays on Betts were negative.

Kenley Jansen earned his second save with a scoreless ninth. Bellinger secured the final out when he made a difficult running catch in deep center field.

The Diamondbacks came into the game hitting just .199 through nine games and couldn’t muster much offense once again, finishing with four singles.

POWER OUTAGE

The Diamondbacks have just two homers through 10 games which is the lowest total in the majors. They’ve also given up 18 homers, the most in baseball.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: SS Corey Seager was out of the lineup. Manager Dave Roberts said Saturday that Seager has been battling soreness since fouling a ball of his calf on Friday. … Betts was pulled early for the second straight game. Roberts said on Saturday that Betts was battling sore legs from playing on the D-backs’ artificial turf.

Diamondbacks: Christian Walker was back at first base and batted third against Kershaw. Walker is the usual starting first baseman but has switched between 1B and DH through the early season after he was bothered by a groin injury during summer camp. Walker came into the game 5 of 11 in his career against Kershaw, including four homers. He had one of the team’s three hits against Kershaw on Sunday.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: Los Angeles travels to San Diego for a three-game series. RHP Walker Buehler (0-0, 4.91) has the start on Monday.

Diamondbacks: Arizona has Monday off before hosting a three-game series against the Houston Astros. The Diamondbacks will sent LHP Madison Bumgarner (0-1, 4.09) to the mound in the opener on Tuesday.

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