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Rubio Sounds Alarm on TikTok Shop

May 23, 2022 | Press Releases

Miami, FL U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released a statement urging President Joe Biden to prevent TikTok Shop, which entered pilot testing in the United States last fall, from fully operating in the U.S. Executive Order 13873, issued in May 2019 by the Trump Administration, empowers the U.S. Department of Commerce to restrict certain information and communications technology and services “transactions” that pose an undue or unacceptable risk to U.S. national security or the safety of U.S. persons when those transactions involve “foreign adversaries.”

“President Biden should make clear that TikTok Shop will not be allowed to operate in the United States,” Rubio said. “Just like TikTok itself, TikTok Shop is beholden to the Chinese Communist Party. It would represent a serious threat to Americans’ personal privacy and U.S. national security. The Biden Administration has the power to prevent TikTok Shop from operating in America, and now it needs to use it. And if, for some reason, bureaucratic lawyers get in the way, President Biden should ask Congress for the necessary authorities. We cannot keep letting Chinese Communist Party-directed companies invade and weaken our country.”