Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated they are "certainly looking at" banning the app. President Trump's chief of staff, Mark Meadows, says they are also looking at WeChat. "There are a number of administration officials who are looking at the national security risk as it relates to TikTok, WeChat and other apps that have the potential for national security exposure, specifically as it relates to the gathering of information on American citizens by a foreign adversary," said Mark Meadows, via statement. "I don't think there's any self-imposed deadline for action, but I think we are looking at weeks, not months," Mark Meadows, via statement. TikTok has profusely denied that the app is a threat and has also distanced itself from Douyin, the Chinese version of the app.