Pompeo warns US may not share intel with UK if it lets Huawei into 5G network

Pompeo warns US may not share intel with UK if it lets Huawei into 5G network
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoBolton replacement inherits tough challenges — including Trump Saudi Arabia says it will take 'appropriate' action if Iran's role in attacks confirmed Clarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump MORE warned Wednesday that the U.S. may not share intelligence with the U.K. if it lets the Chinese-owned tech giant Huawei into its 5G network.

“We don’t believe you can have those technology in your systems and still have a trusted network,” Pompeo said in an interview with Sky News.

“The United States, for its part, will only participate in trusted networks. We will only share America’s information with those networks that we are confident aren’t under the control of China or China’s government.” 

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Pompeo was asked whether that could endanger U.S.-U.K. security cooperation.

“We’ll find a way. I’m very confident we’re too important of partners,” Pompeo said. “We certainly will never put America’s national security secrets in a network that we don’t have confidence in.”

The U.S. has been urging allies to drop Huawei for months. Intelligence officials have repeatedly expressed concerns that the telecommunications giant may be spying on behalf of the Chinese government.

Huawei consistently denies that it shares information with the Chinese government or that its technology is compromised.

The push from the U.S. comes as many countries, including much of the European Union, begin adopting the next-generation wireless technology known as 5G.