TikTok could operate as a US company, White House official says

TikTok could operate as a US company, White House official says

TikTok pulling out of its Chinese parent company and working as an independent American corporation is a much better option than banning it, a top official in the White House said Thursday. There are rumors that TikTok will pull out of the holding company, which is China, and run as an independent American company, reporters here told White House Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow.

The top White House economic advisor, responding to another question, said that the servers of TikTok, after becoming an American company, will be in the US and not in China. A day earlier, the White House indicated that a decision on Chinese banning Chinese mobile applications, including TikTok, could be taken within weeks.

The push to ban TikTok in the US has quickly gained traction after India banned 59 Chinese apps last month, including TikTok and UC Browser, saying they were harmful to the country’s sovereignty, dignity and security. On Wednesday, a group of 24 influential Republican Congressmen urged President Trump to ban TikTok and other Chinese mobile applications, stating that India has taken the extraordinary step of banning dozens of Chinese-affiliated apps due to national security concerns.