After months of rumors, President Trump has inked a formal order offering the federal agencies the power to ban US firms from purchasing foreign-created telecommunications tools deemed a national security danger.
Below the order, which offers the secretary of commerce the authority to decide which payments might be possible dangers, no single firm is marked immediately as a threat. But the plan is hugely viewed as a decision against China-supported Huawei, which some lawmakers in the US have thought to be a security risk.
The US disputes that Government of China can force firms such as Huawei to download backdoors in their tools to spy on networks in the US. Huawei has frequently refused that this could take place, and the firm’s founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei, has made rebellious statements, claiming that campaign by the US against the firm will not stop its global development.
In February 2018, the chiefs of major US intelligence organizations, comprising the CIA, the FBI, and the NSA, claimed to the citizens of the US not to employ ZTE or Huawei handsets. The US has also stressed allies to stop employing Huawei telecom tools in national framework. The decision comes at a time of elevated tensions between China and the US.
On a related note, Theresa May (UK Prime Minister) fired Gavin Williamson (the nation’s Defense Secretary) earlier over his role in a latest Huawei leak. Previously, we learned that the UK aims to employ Huawei tech in “non-basic” components of its 5G structure. That news was shared with the media after a meeting with the NSC (National Security Council). Now, after a probe, the UK thinks that Williamson was the source. To be reasonable, it is the fact that Williamson purportedly rolled out confidential data that got him fired.