Senior White House adviser Anita Dunn, who the New York Times claimed is at the center of "Biden's inner circle," allegedly called on Democratic surrogates to circulate propaganda via TikTok on behalf of the president, on more than one occasion.
The trouble — besides the White House having to square its use of TikTok by proxy with its hardening stance against the app, all amid security concerns and talks of an extensive ban — is that SKDK, the Biden-connected lobbying firm Dunn co-founded, was recently hired by the Chinese-owned company to champion its cause and interests.
A damning new Politico report, which details the apparent entanglement of TikTok, SKDK, and the Biden administration, revealed that well into the controversy over TikTok's use by federal employees and other Americans, Dunn had "pointed allies toward the app as an influential messaging tool."
Daniel Lippman of Politico noted on Twitter that Dunn "urged outside Dem surrogates to use TikTok to promote Biden’s SOTU speech right as her old firm SKDK (where she was a founding partner) was getting hired by TikTok to help prevent a ban by the Biden admin and Congress."
Dunn, who claimed during her stint in the Obama administration that mass murderer Mao Tse-Tung was one of the "two people I turn to most," is prohibited from embroiling herself in matters involving SKDK per the White House ethics policy.
The senior Biden adviser reportedly told participants "that the White House wanted people to brandish the administration's accomplishments on social media."
Sources told Politico that Dunn conceded at the time the White House could not use the China-compromised app, but indicated others were well within their rights to do so — especially those keen on spreading propaganda on behalf of President Joe Biden.
It is presently unclear whether there was a strategy to the administration's arm's-length reliance on TikTok beyond mere communications.
White House spokesman Andrew Bates suggested there was nothing murky or unseemly about the White House's indirect use of an app presently possibly to be banned.
Bates told Fox News Digital, "Anita said the same thing to an all-but-public, 5,000-person group what many of her colleagues have transparently said on the record to a wide range of outlets for years: that we work with outside supporters to spread our message on the major social media platforms, including TikTok."
The White House declined to respond to Politico's questions about whether it believed "TikTok was deliberately hiring advisers with links to the Biden Operation and whether Dunn had been aware of SKDK's decision to work for the embattled company."
Politico previously noted that SKDK, regarded as the most well-connected Democratic firm in Washington, has former top employees in senior and mid-level roles in the Biden administration.
Among its alumni: Dunn, who worked on the Biden campaign and early on in the administration, then returned in May as a senior adviser; White House communications directors Kate Berner and Herbie Ziskend; deputy Pentagon press secretary Sabrina Singh; and Interior Department press secretary Tyler Cherry.
The New York Times indicated that there were at least 10 SKDK alumni in the Biden administration, primarily in communications roles.
Michael Chamberlain, director of Protect the People's Trust, recently told Spectator World, "These are the types of situations that contribute to the public’s growing mistrust of government. The revolving door between lobbying firms and the federal government is spinning as quickly as ever."
Concerning SKDK's work for TikTok, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer said, "Wonder how much communist China paid them to sell out US national security."
Special adviser for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Steve Guest said of Dunn's efforts to push TikTok, ostensibly complimenting the work her old firm now endeavors to do, "The Swamp in all its glory and a reminder that Democrats are in bed with the Chinese Communist Party."
Although Dunn is evidently keen to press others to take full advantage of the communist Chinese-compromised app on Biden's behalf (at the very least), it may not be around for much longer, should the Senate ultimately give the president the ability to ban TikTok and should Biden elect to do so. Time will tell whether the president will have his mind changed on the matter.
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