Donald Trump has vowed to ban Chinese video-sharing platform TikTok from operating in the US.
Speaking to reporters on Air Force One, the president said: “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States.”
He did not specify how he intended to achieve what he described as a “severance”, but he could do it through executive action as early as this weekend.
“Well, I have that authority. I can do it with an executive order or that,” he said.
The words are the latest in the administration’s increasingly belligerent tone towards China and its technology companies.
Microsoft is understood to be in the lead to acquire the platform’s US service but would not comment.