National media is reporting that President Donald Trump told reporters he intends to ban the controversial China-owned video based social network app TikTok from the United States as early as August 1, escalating from an announcement earlier in the day that the administration intended to force the Chinese company to

Despite Microsoft reportedly showing interest in buying the U.S. assets of TikTok following the president’s Friday announcement, the president reportedly told reporters on Air Force One late on Friday that the smartphone app is set to be banned in the United States as early as tomorrow.

President Trump did not specify if he would use an executive order or other methods, but maintained that he has the power to ban the app.

Read more…