The Pentagon (finally) warns of China’s military ambitions and Congress goes after TikTok 

November 30 – The Department of Defense recently reported that China could have 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035. 

Beijing has dramatically expanded its nuclear arsenal. 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “While we’re so hell bent on worrying about trans this and pronoun that, China is coming for us and they’re already on our land here. It’s dangerous territory and yet we’re still doing the dance with stupid stuff in Washington.” 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “I think this is a huge story.” 

In fact, the Governor of South Dakota issued an executive order banning TikTok, a China-based company, from any state devices. 

Barkdoll said, “I realize it’s a small state, but I would like to see other governors around the country take similar actions. She’s citing safety and national security concerns. She made that executive order around the same time this story came out.” 

In addition to the warheads, China also plans to build up military power and arsenal around Taiwan. 

Barkdoll said, “It doesn’t feel like the US or the international community in general is really doing anything to address this. It seems like China’s just kind of out there on their own, continuing to build up all of this power. 2035 is not that far away and they would become the nuclear powerhouse of the world if these predictions come to fruition.” 

House Republicans are also ramping up an investigation into TikTok. They are saying TikTok lied at a September briefing with Congress. 

GOP leaders wrote a letter to TikTok CEO saying that during the meeting TikTok staff said the app does not track user data and China-based employees do not have access to US user’s locations. 

Ryan said, “That couldn’t be farther from the truth.” 

Senator Mark Warner from Virginia said yesterday he would not allow his kids to be on TikTok. He went as far to say that the TikTok app on the phones is basically a communications network for the Chinese Communist Party. Warner chairs the Senate Committee on Intelligence. 

Barkdoll pointed out, “He has some inside information that the rest of us wouldn’t be aware of and for someone in his position to come out with statements that strong, people better be paying attention. Clearly he knows some things that he keeps ringing the alarm bell.”

It looks like investigations will be launched about the false information provided to Congressional committees. 

Barkdoll said, “The bottom line here is, if you’re using TikTok, I would be removing it from your device because the more and more you’re reading and hearing from people on all sides, this thing could be really dangerous.” 

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM said, “And can we please stop allowing people when they exit Congress or the Senate to go into lobbying for these different companies? Now we’re finding out that former Senator Trent Lot, John Breaux, former Democratic Representative Barton, Gordon, former Representative Jeffrey Denham, these are all now lobbyists for TikTok. They have these inside connections, this inside information, helping a company that may be actually a threat to our security. When are we going to stop allowing this kind of lobbying from former legislators and their staff?”

Barkdoll said, “This is a huge problem. That’s been going on forever. They leave and then sign up for these huge jobs as lobbyists lobbying the very people they had just worked with for years. I think they should ban that kind of practice or make them wait five or even ten years before they could do it. That would quickly throw cold water on it, but that dynamic is undoubtedly influencing this issue.” 

Senator Marco Rubio from Florida is outright calling for a nationwide ban on TikTok. 

Barkdoll said, “That’s how concerned he is about the national security threats that this is posing.” 

Jansen pointed out, “Staff of both Nancy Pelosi and minority leader Kevin McCarthy, they both have former staff who are also lobbyists for TikTok.”