US President Donald Trump wants to forbid his compatriots from doing business by decree to do with several Chinese payment apps. But the ban will come into force at the earliest when Trump is no longer in the White House.
Despite the failure of his attack on Tiktok, President Donald Trump has been targeting other apps from China in recent days. Among the eight applications that are to be pushed out of the US market are the payment services Alipay and WeChat Pay. Trump issued a decree on Tuesday prohibiting business with the apps – albeit with the usual 45-day delay. On January 20, he will no longer be president with the inauguration of his successor Joe Biden. Then it will be for Biden’s government to carry out or revoke the order.
Trump failed with the Tiktok ban
Trump had tried since the summer to force a sale of at least the US business of the popular video app Tiktok to American companies through bans. But first the Chinese government torpedoed the talks with sales restrictions for the corresponding software. And then US judges also found that Trump’s administration did not have a sufficient legal basis for their actions. The Tiktok bans are therefore on hold.
The other apps now affected include the scanning application CamScanner, the chat service Tencent QQ, the video app VMate and the office software WPS Office. US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that he had ordered the implementation of Trump’s decree.