Rubio reiterates calls for Tik Tok ban after China’s reported ownership stake


Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOn The Money: Biden administration to limit international financing for fossil fuels | Pelosi floats procedural move on infrastructure bill Rubio: Biden’s new child allowance is ‘first step toward a universal basic income’ Tim Scott’s inside track MORE (R-Fla.) renewed calls to ban TikTok in the U.S. following reports that the Chinese government has acquired an ownership stake in its parent company, ByteDance.

“The Biden Administration can no longer pretend that TikTok is not beholden to the Chinese Communist Party,” the Florida lawmaker said in a press release.

“Even before today, it was clear that TikTok represented a serious threat to personal privacy and U.S. national security,” he continued. “Beijing’s aggressiveness makes clear that the regime sees TikTok as an extension of the party-state, and the U.S. needs to treat it that way.”

The Information first reported Monday that the Chinese Communist Party in April took stake and a board seat at ByteDance, which also owns some popular apps in China including Douyin and Toutiao. The Washington Post later confirmed that reporting.

Former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump ally Adam Laxalt files to challenge Cortez Masto in Nevada Overnight Defense: Biden defends exit, blames Afghanistan leaders for chaos | US sending 1,000 more troops to Kabul as chaos reigns at airport | Taliban takeover scrambles U.S. evacuation efforts Pelosi suggests Jan. 6 panel could investigate Jordan and Banks MORE went after TikTok at the end of his term for its connections to China with the support of many Republican lawmakers.

He filed an executive order to ban the popular short-form video app in 2020 sold as protecting national security interests.

President BidenJoe BidenBiden administration to announce booster shots for most fully vaccinated Americans: reports Afghanistan falls in chaos: Five takeaways Trump ally Adam Laxalt files to challenge Cortez Masto in Nevada MORE revoked the order in June, replacing it with a process for evaluating the security risks of foreign-owned apps.

Trump also pushed for an American firm to buy TikTok, but a deal has not materialized. Biden did not scrap that separate order for ByteDance to divest.