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China Expert: China Is Using TikTok To Promote Violence, Glorify Drug Use In Attempt To Ruin United States

During an interview with Fox News host Jason Chaffetz, Gordon Chang, a senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute and author of “The Great U.S. China Tech War,” said that China is using TikTok to disseminate Chinese propaganda and increase polarization in the United States in an attempt to weaken the U.S. government.

Chang began by addressing China’s claims that it has legitimate concerns that it wants the United States to take seriously. 

“Well, first of all, China doesn’t have legitimate concerns. It’s not a legitimate state,” Chang said. “And we should stop treating it as such, because as you say, it is committing genocide, crimes against humanity, it deliberately spread COVID-19 beyond its borders — that 6.7 million people outside of China who have died from a disease that should have never left the central part of that country. You know, we can go on and on. But clearly, China is engaging in a series of acts which are destructive not only toward the United States, but the international community as a whole.”

Chang went on to discuss a new report that ByteDance, the Chinese parent company of TikTok, spied on multiple U.S. journalists. 

“President Trump banned TikTok along with WeChat,” Chang said. “President Biden, one of the first things he did was he reversed that ban. We know that over a course of years, about three or four of them, TikTok has been making representations to the U.S. about how it doesn’t allow data to be sent to China. And it’s violated every single assurance it’s given to the U.S. But it’s not just stealing data.”

“It is actually more serious that it is using the TikTok algorithm to disseminate Chinese propaganda, glorifying drug use, promoting violence on American streets, and this year, disseminating Russian narratives about the Ukraine war,” he added. “So this really is an attempt to undermine and actually even overthrow the U.S. government. And why we permit it? I don’t know. India banned TikTok, we should do the same thing.”

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Biden Admin Sending Another $1.8 Billion In Military Aid To Ukraine

On Wednesday, Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration announced it would be sending an additional $1.85 billion in military aid to Ukraine – bringing the total amount of military aid sent to Ukraine to $21.9 billion under the Biden administration.

As explained in a press release from the Department of Defense, the $1.85 billion in additional military aid for Ukraine will include “a Patriot air defense battery and munitions.”

According to a Department of Defense senior official, “Patriot is one of the world’s most advanced air defense systems, and it will give Ukraine a critical long-range capability to defend its airspace. It is capable of intercepting cruise missiles, ballistic missiles and aircraft. It’s important to put the Patriot battery in context. For air defense, there is no silver bullet. Our goal is to help Ukraine strengthen a layered integrated approach to air defense.”

“Patriot will complement a range of medium and short-range air defense capabilities that we have provided and the allies have provided in prior donation packages,” the official added.

As explained in a press release from the State Department, this “will bring total U.S. military assistance for Ukraine to an unprecedented $21.9 billion since the beginning of the Administration.”

The State Department also indicated that the Biden administration intended to send additional money to Ukraine.

“Today’s assistance for the first time includes the Patriot Air Defense System, capable of bringing down cruise missiles, short range ballistic missiles, and aircraft at a significantly higher ceiling than previously provided air defense systems,” the press release said. “The United States will continue to work closely with more than 50 allies and partners worldwide in support of the people of Ukraine as they defend their freedom and independence with extraordinary courage and boundless determination.  We will continue to support Ukraine for as long as it takes, so that Kyiv can continue to defend itself and be in the strongest possible position at the negotiating table when the time comes.”

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Senate Unanimously Passes Bill To Ban TikTok On Government Devices

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill that would ban the use of TikTok on government devices amid growing concerns about the Chinese-based social media app’s threat to national security.

The No TikTok on Government Devices Act was introduced by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO). The bill still needs to be passed in the House and signed by President Biden to become law.

“TikTok is a Trojan Horse for the Chinese Communist Party. It’s a major security risk to the United States, and until it is forced to sever ties with China completely, it has no place on government devices,” Hawley said in a statement on Thursday. “States across the U.S. are banning TikTok on government devices. It’s time for Joe Biden and the Democrats to help do the same.”

Last month, FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers that he is “extremely concerned” about TikTok’s operations in the United States.

“We do have national security concerns, obviously from the FBI’s end, about TikTok,” Wray told the House Homeland Security Committee in a hearing. “They include the possibility that the Chinese government could use it to control data collection on millions of users, or control the recommendation algorithm which could be used for influence operations if they so choose, or to control software on millions of devices.”

Despite TikTok dubiously claiming it doesn’t store U.S. user data in China, the Chinese government has the ability to force companies to hand over internal information.

Wray explained that alone was “plenty of reason by itself to be extremely concerned.”

Sullivan Claims Biden Admin Considered The National Security Implications Of Releasing Russian Arms Dealer

During a press briefing on Monday, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan claimed that the Biden administration had considered the national security implications of releasing notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout – who had been imprisoned for selling weapons that were used to kill Americans – in exchange for WNBA player Brittney Griner release.

“I’m curious, does the administration consider Viktor Bout to be a terrorist?” Real Clear Politics reporter Phil Wegmann asked.

“Well, he’s not listed as a specially designated national,” Sullivan responded. “What we consider him to have been was a convicted criminal, convicted of arms trafficking and other crimes. To serve a sentence, he served 12 years in detention. He was set to be released in 2029. And of course, before we make any determination about whether to send someone back as part of a deal to get an American home, we make a determination about the national security implications of that.”

“We did that assessment in this case. We believe we can manage those challenges, but we will remain constantly vigilant against any threat that Viktor Bout may pose against Americans and the United States going forward,” he added. “We also would just point out that there is no shortage of arms traffickers and mercenaries in Russia who pose challenges and threats to the international order, to the United States, and otherwise. And we are vigilant about that as well, which is why we have built with our allies and partners such a robust policy in dealing with this threat posed by Russia.”

Last week, President Biden made an extremely controversial decision by releasing Bout in exchange for WNBA player Brittney Griner. Bout had been imprisoned in the United States for 14 years following his arrest in Thailand in 2008 for selling tens of millions of dollars in weapons that were used to kill Americans.

Griner, who already had a criminal record in the United States for domestic violence after an incident in 2015, was arrested in Russia in February this year for drug smuggling charges. Griner was sentenced in August to nine years in prison.

Biden Admin Sending Another $275 Million In Military Aid To Ukraine

On Friday, the Biden administration announced an additional $275 million in military aid to Ukraine, bringing the total amount of military aid provided to Ukraine by the Biden administration up to $20 billion.

“This authorization is the Biden Administration’s twenty-seventh drawdown of equipment from DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021,” the Defense Department said in a press release. “This security assistance package will provide Ukraine with new capabilities to boost its air defenses in addition to providing critical equipment that Ukraine is using so effectively to defend itself on the battlefield.”

The package includes additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, 80,000 155mm artillery rounds, Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems equipment, Counter air defense capability, High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles Ambulances and medical equipment, about 150 generators, and field equipment.

“In total, the United States has committed $20 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden Administration,” The press release added. “Since 2014, the United States has committed approximately $22.1 billion in security assistance to Ukraine and more than $19.3 billion since the beginning of Russia’s unprovoked and brutal invasion on February 24.”

The Defense Department also said that the Biden administration will continue to send aid to Ukraine in the future to “meet Ukraine’s evolving battlefield requirements.”