(TargetLiberty.org) – Well, we made it through July, only slightly worse for wear. For a month in 2020, it wasn’t half bad. Of course, the final weekend was full of news, as you might expect. Here are the biggest stories from the last few days.
President Donald Trump made headlines when he said he was going to ban the popular Chinese video-sharing app, TikTok, from the US. The app’s parent company, ByteDance, has been accused of collecting the data of its users and officials believe it’s a national security risk.
On April 2, Reuters reported the president isn’t going to sign an executive order like he originally intended, but instead is going to give the company 45 days to negotiate the sale of TikTok to Microsoft. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) praised Trump for his decision.
A positive development in the #TikTok negotiations.
Thank you President Trump for protecting American consumers from the Chinese Communist Party and bringing jobs back to the US.
A win-win in the making. https://t.co/JK3G9r02bR
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 3, 2020
US Gets Serious
Although TikTok might be safe for the moment, the US did sanction another Chinese entity. On July 31, the Trump administration announced it’s sanctioning a paramilitary organization that’s targeting ethnic minorities. The Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) is aiding the Communist government in its quest to wipe out Uyghurs.
This was the latest attempt by the president’s officials to help end the abuses being perpetrated by the Chinese government on the Uyghurs. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the sanctions on Twitter.
Today, the U.S. sanctioned the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps and two of its officials for their connection to serious human rights abuses in Xinjiang. We call on the world to join us in condemning the CCP’s heinous abuse of the human rights of its own citizens.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) July 31, 2020
On July 30, Marines and sailors were training in an amphibious assault vehicle off the coast of California when an accident occurred. The vessel began taking on water and was sinking with 16 service members on board. Eight were able to escape, but sadly the others were missing at sea.
After an exhaustive search, the Marine Corps called off the search and rescue on Sunday. The missing soldiers are presumed dead. Col. Christopher Bronzi said he ended the search “with a heavy heart.”
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