In the wake of a newly released report, which outlined foreign threats to the upcoming elections, President Trump has promised to protect the integrity of our ballots against outside actors.
U.S. Envoy to Iran Brian Hook has stepped down from his position and will be replaced by the current envoy to Venezuela Elliot Abrams. The specific reason for Hook’s departure is unknown.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has ramped up his criticisms of Chinese owned apps by calling for their removal from U.S. app stores. On Wednesday, Pompeo called apps like TikTok and WeChat a significant threat to Americans’ data security.
President Trump said he wants to extend emergency unemployment benefits in the next stimulus package. During an interview Tuesday, he noted that the people who have lost their jobs amid the pandemic shouldn’t be blamed for requiring assistance.
In Beijing on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said the U.S. had damaged the reputation of Chinese journalists and urged it to “correct its mistakes.” His remarks came after the U.S. government restricted the stay of Chinese journalists in the country to no more than 90 days back in May.
President Trump has suggested that Democrats are hijacking stimulus negotiations. While speaking to reporters on Monday, he maintained the U.S. is doing well controlling the spread of COVID-19 compared to other nations that have seen flare-ups like Italy, France and Spain.
President Trump may not ban the Chinese social media app TikTok if an American company acquires it. During a meeting with tech workers Monday, the president said he will not make a decision on whether to ban the app just yet.
According to President Trump, Democrats are to blame for stalled negotiations over a new round of stimulus. The legislation has been in the works for months, as Democrat and Republican lawmakers keep butting heads over major aspects of the package.
President Trump has said he is planning to announce an executive order to force TikTok’s Chinese parent company to sell its U.S. operations.