Pompeo: US will not share information with countries using Huawei systems

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget Tensions swirl around Iran as administration to brief Congress Overnight Defense: Iran tensions swirl as officials prepare to brief Congress | Trump threatens war would be 'end of Iran' | Graham tells Trump to 'stand firm' | Budget talks begin MORE on Thursday said that the U.S. won't partner with or share information with countries that use systems manufactured by Chinese telecom giant Huawei.

“If a country adopts this and puts it in some of their critical information systems, we won’t be able to share information with them, we won’t be able to work alongside them,” Pompeo said during an interview with Fox Business Network, according to Reuters.

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“We’re not going to put American information at risk,” he added.

Pompeo also reportedly said the U.S. has been attempting to ensure other countries "understand the risk of putting this Huawei technology into their IT systems," adding that those countries will "make good decisions when they understand that risk.”

Huawei has faced increasing scrutiny over what the U.S. identifies as security concerns. The Trump administration, which has banned government use of Huawei products, has accused the tech firm of working for the Chinese government and having the ability to spy on U.S. citizens.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE has also been said to have considering signing an executive order that would ban U.S. companies from using equipment from the tech giant.

An executive for the tech firm, Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, was arrested last year in Canada at the request of U.S. authorities over alleged violation of trade sanctions against Iran.

Meng has since remained in Canada, where she is awaiting possible extradition to the U.S.