The American judiciary doesn't like President Trump standing up for U.S. national security. In the span of a few days, judges have blocked Trump's executive orders to prevent the downloads of Chinese surveillance malware TikTok and WeChat, caving to the pro-China business lobby at the expense of potential blackmail and loss of privacy for American citizens.
After a hearing on Sunday, Judge Carl Nichols of United States District Court for the District of Columbia, granted an injunction against that order, reported CNBC.
The judge, however, did not block a much broader ban set to come into effect on Nov. 12 in the U.S., which could effectively make TikTok unusable.
TikTok said in a statement: “We’re pleased that the court agreed with our legal arguments and issued an injunction preventing the implementation of the TikTok app ban. We will continue defending our rights for the benefit of our community and employees.”
“At the same time, we will also maintain our ongoing dialogue with the government to turn our proposal, which the President gave his preliminary approval to last weekend, into an agreement,” the statement said.
It is unclear whether The White House will appeal these decisions to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“The Government will comply with the injunction and has taken immediate steps to do so, but intends to vigorously defend the E.O. and the Secretary’s implementation efforts from legal challenges,” the department said in a statement.
The Chinese government gloated over the ruling in its favor as Beijing seeks to surveil and exploit the world for the Chinese Communist Party's benefit.
Like its waving of the banner of human rights, its standard bearing for fair competition is a sham. It seeks to portray itself as a good citizen in the community of nations, when it is anything but plans," the editors raged. The US administration’s bid to make TikTok a prize of its piracy is no to be condoned, and it will undoubtedly incur proportional countermeasures from Beijing," reported Zero Hedge.
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