Though he has but to develop a nationwide technique to combat the continued unfold of the coronavirus, Donald Trump’s new focus seems to be on dismantling a social media platform.
The president introduced on Friday that he would act as quickly as Saturday to ban the Chinese language-owned video app, TikTok, in the US, both by way of govt order or one other technique.
As Trump wages conflict on a video app, he has primarily given up on making an attempt to develop a technique to combat a pandemic that has claimed almost 160,000 American lives.
On Thursday, when a reporter pressed him for not but popping out with a coronavirus plan, Trump spiraled into an incoherent rant a couple of vaccine, which is probably going nonetheless months away from being prepared.
“I believe you’re going to see one thing that’s going to be spectacular,” Trump stated of his yet-to-be-released plan.
The week earlier than, Trump stated his administration is “within the strategy of creating a technique that’s going to be very, very highly effective.”
There’s possible no plan in growth. As an alternative, Trump is hoping that countless fact-free, made-for-TV press convention will give off the phantasm that he’s answerable for this disaster.
Trump’s TikTok announcement comes weeks after app customers tried to sabotage his marketing campaign occasion
Issues over TikTok are reliable, with leaders in each political events sounding the alarm over the potential that China might use the platform to spy on Individuals or intrude in U.S. elections.
Nevertheless it’s necessary to keep in mind that the motivation behind something Donald Trump says or does is nearly at all times self-serving.
Bear in mind, it is a president who has repeatedly let Russia off the hook for interfering within the final presidential election, all as a result of it boosted his marketing campaign in opposition to Hillary Clinton.
It is a president who nonetheless – after 36 days – hasn’t taken motion amid reviews that Russia is paying to have American troops killed in Afghanistan.
It’s unlikely that Trump abruptly turned involved about overseas interference in a single day. What’s extra possible is that there’s a private motivation behind Trump’s potential ban.
In reality, as Bloomberg notes, “Trump’s menace to ban TikTok got here only a few weeks after reviews that many TikTok customers had tried to sabotage a Trump marketing campaign rally by requesting tickets they by no means deliberate to make use of and coordinated a push to flood Trump’s 2020 marketing campaign app with destructive opinions.”
Whatever the motivation behind Donald Trump’s conflict on TikTok, he seems to be working more durable to eradicate the app than he’s on controlling a lethal virus.
Sean Colarossi presently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts diploma in Journalism from the College of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for each of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He additionally labored with Deliberate Parenthood as an Reasonably priced Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, serving to northeast Ohio residents get hold of medical insurance protection.