SHOCKING! Dem Senator Mark Warren Admits “Trump Was Right” Concerning China and TikTok

In a surprising turn of events, Donald Trump is getting the credit he deserves for what he said about China’s TikTok app when he was president. Senator Mark Warren (D-VA) is sounding the alarm that the popular app could pose digital security risks.

Warner was in Australia with local officials to talk about what the Epoch Times called a scary “technological domination that the Chinese regime is exerting over other countries.” He both sounded the alarm and said he regretted not giving the former president the credit he deserved.

This is not something you would normally hear me say, but Donald Trump was right on TikTok years ago,” he said. “If your country uses Huawei, if your kids are on TikTok, if your population uses WeChat as a social media platform, the ability for China to have undue influence is, I think, a much greater challenge and a much more immediate threat than any kind of actual, armed conflict.”

Warner added: “China having this kind of technology domination in a number of countries ought to scare the heck out of us because we’ve seen the kind of Orwellian surveillance state they’ve already created within China.”

In 2020, warned that TikTok was owned by the Chinese government and that there was a growing problem with data security and the CCP’s unrestricted access to Americans. At the time, the mainstream left-wing media made his words and actions, like signing an executive order to stop, which was later thrown out by a federal court, sound like crazy conspiracies. Here’s how NPR talked about the issue back then:

Trump’s logic went something like this: Since TikTok’s corporate parent company ByteDance is headquartered in Beijing, TikTok could be used as an arm of the Chinese Communist Party to spy on American citizens or cause other mischief.

So the president repeatedly declared that TikTok needs to free itself from ByteDance’s control, or be shut down in the U.S. for good.

The White House never offered any real proof to support its fear that TikTok is a Chinese surveillance tool. But national security experts on both sides of the aisle in Washington agreed that China’s authoritarian regime is untrustworthy and has almost unfettered access to private business in the country. And so, a review of TikTok’s data privacy and security appeared reasonable.

Also, NPR wrote their story in a way that made it clear that the deal had clear political implications, since the proposed merger to American servers would help a company owned by a billionaire donor. NPR went on:

Oracle has close ties to the president, and some say it’s one reason why it beat out a deep-pocketed and well-positioned rival such as Microsoft. Larry Ellison, Oracle’s Chairman and founder, is an ardent supporter of Trump and has raised money for the president. It’s Chief Executive Safra Catz served on Trump’s 2016 transition team.

What a change a few years can make. Now, Senator Warner is meeting in Australia to talk about digital security. Both of them are worried about China’s ability to get into western culture and change it.

This is another thing that the former president got right.

 

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