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PRESIDENT Trump will make a decision on banning TikTok within 24 hours as White House advisor Peter Navarro called the social app a “national security threat”.

During an interview with Judge Jeanine on Fox News, Navarro called Trump’s decision due to be announced on Monday, a “good thing”.

2Navarro spoke with Judge Jeanine on Saturday eveningCredit: Fox News 2President Trump will make his announcement on whether he will ban Tiktok within 24 hoursCredit: AFP or licensors

According to the Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, TikTok has been sending American information including user-location back to its servers in China.

Navarro claims that all personal information is “ potentially going right back to the Chinese communist party, the Chinese military and the Chinese government.”

He continued: “They can use these social media apps to steal your personal information, your business information and also Judge, they use these social media apps to track you and surveil you and monitor your movements.”

Navarro also stated that the app is a “national security threat” and that the President and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been monitoring the app’s movement of information.

The adviser asked viewers that if they are using TikTok “to get on the Trump train” and delete the app as it is “dangerous”. 

'PUPPET CEO'

Navarro also claimed that TikTok had hired several American lobbyists and placed a “puppet” CEO in charge of the company in order to change public opinion about the safety of the app.

“They’re going to make it sound like ‘oh can’t hurt you, this, that and the other thing.’ Don’t fall for this,” he said.

During the interview, Navarro cleared up a “vicious leak” that according to him was made public in a bid to put pressure on President Trump over his decision on banning the app. 

“The other thing I should tell you about this is that is that there a vicious leak that went out trying to push the president into a corner and said that Microsoft was going to buy this.”

Navarro said that the American people would need to be “careful” with this information because it is Microsoft that the “People’s Liberation Army and the Chinese government run on” and “Microsoft helped china build its great firewall that is sussed to surveil, monitor and censor and imprison sometimes the Chinese people”.

Closing the interview Navarro stated that the President would have a decision made by today or Monday and warned viewers “people of America do not fall for whatever you hear from these lobbyists.”

If President Trump bans TikTok he will be following in the steps of India who banned TikTok along with 67 apps. 

He made the announcement of banning the app while on  Air Force One on Friday night as he returned from a trip to Florida.

“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” the president told reporters.

Trump said he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order to enforce the action.

“I have that authority," he said aboard the presidential plane.

TikTok is a Chinese-owned video app that's become popular among Americans in the last two years or so.

Users on the app create, watch, and engage with videos that range from fun dance trends to beekeepers rescuing honeybees.

It was the world’s second most downloaded app in the third quarter of 2019, with an estimated 176 million downloads.

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TikTok has said it has tens of millions of US users and hundreds of millions of users worldwide.

But while it's considered fun by users, US lawmakers have raised intelligence, national security, and privacy concerns about the company’s ownership.

TikTok has denied allegations that it shares user data with the Chinese government.

Trump's announcement on Friday came after reports claimed his administration was planning to order China’s ByteDance to sell TikTok.

Trump says he is looking at options on TikTok, including a possible ban

 

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Islamic State threat in west Syria growing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elements of the Islamic State group are working to rebuild in western Syria, where the U.S. has little visibility or presence, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East warned on Wednesday.

In the region west of the Euphrates River where the Syrian regime is in control “conditions are as bad or worse” than they were leading up to the rise of the Islamic State, said Gen. Frank McKenzie. “We should all be concerned about that.”

McKenzie said insurgents are operating with some degree of freedom, and he said the U.S. and its allies have little hope the Syrian regime will do anything to tamp down the group there.

Speaking online to a United States Institute of Peace from his U.S. Central Command office in Tampa, McKenzie said that the slow-moving effort to transfer people out of Syrian refugee camps has been further complicated and delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. And that, he said, fuels concerns about the radicalization of people — particularly the youth — in the camps, which officials worry are breeding grounds for IS insurgents.

The al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria is home to as many as 70,000 people — mostly women and children — who were displaced by the ongoing civil war in Syria and the battle against IS. Many fled as the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces cleared out the last pockets of land held by IS last year.

Leanne Erdberg Steadman, the USIP director for countering violent extremism, said getting people out of the camps is key to having them abandon violence and secure a new future. Officials said that there have now been the first few reported cases of COVID-19 at al-Hol.

McKenzie said concerns about blocking the spread of the virus among European allies and other nations in the region has complicated efforts to repatriate camp residents to their home nations.

Repatriation is the key to clearing out the refugee camps, and the U.S. has aggressively pushed to get allies to take their own citizens back. Most nations, however, are reluctant to take in potential IS insurgents. And the potential spread of COVID-19 is now an added fear.

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Humanitarian groups say many of the women and children are not risks, but officials also note that there are a lot of women who were radicalized and active in the insurgency.

McKenzie said that unless political leaders find a way to deradicalize and repatriate the displaced people in the camps, there will be another IS resurgence in the future.

“As young people grow up, we’re going to see them again unless we can turn them in a way to make them productive members of society,” he said. “We can either deal with this problem now or deal with it exponentially worse a few years down the road.”

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