Trump warns lawmakers that if they ban TikTok, users will flock to ‘worse’ platform Facebook

Posted 27 days ago

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During an exclusive interview with Fox News Channel’s "MediaBuzz" on Sunday, former President Trump warned that U. S. lawmakers shouldn’t ban TikTok because it would benefit Facebook, which he called a "worse" social media platform.

Host Howard Kurtz prompted Trump, asking him why he apparently shifted his stance from supporting a ban of TikTok during his presidency to now disagreeing with the 197 Republicans who recently passed a bill to ban the app if its Chinese owners don’t sell it.

Trump replied by saying that he previously "gave the option of banning it" to the U. S. government, but he noted, "I didn’t do any jawboning. I didn’t do anything."

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"I just said, ‘You guys want it banned, if you want.’ And Congress probably didn’t want it banned, you know, etc. It wasn’t something that I was demanding," he said, adding, "If I demanded it, I think I would have gotten it."

The former president committed to signing an executive order to ban the app in 2020, telling reporters at the time, "As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States. I have that authority. ... It’s going to be signed tomorrow."

Shortly after, two federal judges blocked Trump’s executive order.

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Ahead of Congress’ vote on the recent TikTok ban, Trump expressed his disagreement with it, signaling a shift from his earlier position. He posted to Truth Social on Wednesday, writing, "If you get rid of TikTok, Facebook and Zuckerschmuck will double their business. I don't want Facebook, who cheated in the last Election, doing better. They are a true Enemy of the People!"... (Read more)