Chairman of the House China Committee Attacks Biden Campaign for Using TikTok

( – Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed concerns about TikTok’s security. The app, which is owned by a Chinese company, has been accused of showing Americans’ data to the communist government. President Joe Biden is now taking heat for using the app.

On February 13, Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), the chairman of the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party, appeared on Fox News and discussed Biden’s campaign joining TikTok. He said if the country continues to “go down this road,” then it’s going to give a “hostile foreign country” control of the US news media.

The Republican urged the POTUS’ campaign staffers to “reverse course in the interest of national security.” He pointed out that members of the Biden Administration, including FBI Director Christopher Wray, have expressed concerns about the threat the social media app poses to national security. But the president is “ignoring” the advice from his own “handpicked advisers.”

Gallagher accused the president’s campaign of using the app to “court the votes of antisemitic 18-year-olds” for the upcoming election. The Republican went on to say the US should ban the app from being used in the US.

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is also concerned about the Biden campaign using TikTok. The Democrat said that it’s not just about the data issue, but the fact that the Chinese Communist Party could use the platform’s algorithm to control what people are seeing. He said he’s worried that Biden’s being on the app is a “mixed message.”

Biden’s campaign debuted its TikTok account on Super Bowl Sunday. The president answered questions about the big game in the first video. The campaign is using the popular app as a way to reach younger voters and drive them to the polls. Comedian Jon Stewart mocked the president’s video, saying it made him look even older than he actually is, and told him to “fire everyone.”

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