GOP debate high­lights Trump ambi­gu­i­ty on Tik­Tok plans

The com­pe­ti­tion among Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates on the debate stage to sig­nal eager­ness to ban Tik­Tok drew a con­trast with the lack of clar­i­ty about front-run­ner Don­ald Trump’s inten­tions for the ubiq­ui­tous social media plat­form.
The pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates who appeared onstage Wednes­day spoke in favor of ban­ning Tik­Tok or forc­ing a sale by its Chi­nese par­ent com­pa­ny, not­ing the risk it pos­es to nation­al secu­ri­ty.
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Trump, though, has yet to clar­i­fy his plans for Tik­Tok if he regains the pres­i­den­cy.
As pres­i­dent, Trump in 2020 tried to pry Tik­Tok out of Chi­nese own­er­ship but was thwart­ed. In his cam­paign mate­ri­als, he has referred to Tik­Tok only oblique­ly, even as its sta­tus has become the top­ic of heat­ed debate and seri­ous leg­isla­tive efforts in Con­gress.
The Trump cam­paign did not respond to a request from the Wash­ing­ton Exam­in­er for com­ment about his pro­posed poli­cies relat­ing to Tik­Tok.
Here is the rel­e­vant back­ground on Trump and Tik­Tok.
Trump and Tik­Tok
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