Top Trump officials underline Huawei threat to national security

Business | 14 Feb 2020 10:04 am

Trump administration officials, including Cabinet secretaries, have recently leveled national security allegations against China's Huawei technologies in an effort to encourage European nations to ban its gear from next-generation cellular networks.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper made the pitch to Western allies during a trip to Munich this week. Attorney General William Barr, in a speech last week, lamented what he said was China’s aspiration for economic dominance and proposed that the U.S. invest in Western competitors of Huawei.

The administration’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, asserted this week that Huawei can secretly tap into communications through the networking equipment it sells globally. The company disputes that, saying it “has never and will never covertly access telecom networks, nor do we have the capability to do so.”-AP


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