Moves by the Trump administration to restrict Chinese-owned social media platforms in the United States have been suspended due to what they said are national security reasons, as a result of court orders.
WeChat and TikTok users have argued that the ban was driven by election year policies rather than genuine security concerns.
In the end, O’Brien said, the president’s authority will be enforced regarding this ban on these apps, and these cases are still ongoing before the courts, and the federal government is awaiting the courts ’decision to tell us what we can and cannot do with regard to this ban.
O’Brien added at an event in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi: I think even if there was a change in management, this ban would be enforced.
President-elect (Joe Biden), who takes office on Jan.20, has promised to review the security risks surrounding TikTok.
O’Brien said the administration is also looking at other Chinese companies that have popular applications in the United States.
He said: These companies take a lot of data from the American people, and we are taking a look at these apps as well and there might be some measures, and we have to see what the president decides to do.
O’Brien has repeatedly criticized China, He said: China should learn to play according to international rules, and it should not act as if the South China Sea is a lake it owns.
China’s vast territorial claims in the resource-rich South China Sea have sparked a rift with its Southeast Asian neighbors, including Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia.
The United States has sent warships and aircraft near disputed territories for decades to assert freedom of navigation across what it considers international airspace and waters.