GOP senators warn Microsoft of 'urgent' threat from Huawei

GOP senators warn Microsoft of 'urgent' threat from Huawei
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Five Republican senators sent a letter to Microsoft on Tuesday stressing that Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei poses a “real and urgent” threat after an executive at the American tech giant complained the U.S. hasn't been open about why Huawei was blacklisted.

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE in May directed the Commerce Department to place Huawei on its "Entity List." U.S. companies are forbidden from doing business with firms on the list, but the government has granted Huawei multiple "general temporary licenses" since.  

The U.S. has long considered Huawei a national security threat because of its deep connections to the Chinese government.

Smith last month in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek said that Microsoft has asked U.S. regulators to explain the decision to blacklist Huawei multiple times.

“Oftentimes, what we get in response is, ‘Well, if you knew what we knew, you would agree with us,’” Smith said. “And our answer is, ‘Great, show us what you know so we can decide for ourselves. That’s the way this country works.’”

In their letter Monday, the senators said that publicly available information is enough to prove Huawei should be reprimanded.

“We also understand that many American companies have conducted business in good faith with Huawei and other Chinese telecommunications companies," they wrote.

"While the U.S. government and American industry must take certain steps to protect our people and our telecommunications infrastructure, we do not want to cause undue harm to those American companies. We believe, however, that a review of publicly available evidence indicates that the security concerns about Huawei are real and urgent.”