WATCH: Trump Does A 'Switcharoo' On TikTok Stance

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In a surprising turn of events, former President Donald Trump has declared his unwavering support for the controversial social media platform, TikTok, which he had previously threatened to ban during his tenure.

This marks a significant shift in his stance, as Trump now firmly aligns himself with the Chinese government-linked app.

According to The New York Post, Trump's latest remarks came during a conversation with Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA. The former president was discussing his broader strategy to engage with young voters when he made this unexpected declaration. "Well, the big message is vote for Trump. We're going to make our country greater than ever before," Trump stated, before labeling President Biden as the "worst president in history."

When Kirk questioned Trump about his position on TikTok, the former president responded unequivocally. "I will never ban TikTok," Trump confirmed. This statement comes after Trump recently returned to the app with a video about his UFC 302 appearance, which has garnered over 121 million views.

TikTok, a popular social media platform primarily used by younger demographics, has been under intense scrutiny for its ties to ByteDance, a company linked to the Chinese Communist Party. This connection has raised national security concerns, leading to President Biden signing a bill in April that mandates ByteDance to sell the app within six months or face a ban in the US.

Despite his previous opposition to TikTok, Trump has reversed his stance since leaving office. This change reportedly occurred after a meeting with Jeffrey Yass, a major campaign donor who holds a 15% stake in ByteDance. Trump's support for TikTok also aligns with his strategy to connect with young voters.

In a post on Truth Social in April, Trump blamed Biden for the potential TikTok ban. "Just so everyone knows, especially the young people, Crooked Joe Biden is responsible for banning TikTok," he wrote. "He is the one pushing it to close, and doing it to help his friends over at Facebook become richer and more dominant, and able to continue to fight, perhaps illegally, the Republican Party."

Trump's comments have not gone unchallenged. Former Vice President Mike Pence, a staunch advocate for restricting TikTok, criticized Trump's recent statements. "TikTok is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party and is a threat to the national security and privacy of the American people. Congress has enacted a law forcing the sale of TikTok and the next president must be prepared to uphold the law," Pence said.

Pence's statement underscores the complex relationship between politics, national security, and social media platforms like TikTok. As the debate continues, it remains to be seen how Trump's newfound support for TikTok will impact his political strategy and the platform's future in the United States.