Trump's Germany envoy warns countries against using 'untrustworthy' 5G vendors amid Huawei tensions

Trump's Germany envoy warns countries against using 'untrustworthy' 5G vendors amid Huawei tensions
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President TrumpDonald TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend MORE’s ambassador to Germany warned Sunday against other countries using “untrustworthy” 5G vendors amid the tensions involving Chinese company Huawei.

Ambassador Richard Grenell tweeted that the president called him from Air Force One to tell him to “make clear that any nation who chooses to use an untrustworthy 5G vendor will jeopardize our ability to share Intelligence and information at the highest level.”


Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRepublican Ohio Senate candidate calls on GOP rep to resign over impeachment vote Clinton, Pelosi holding online Women's Day fundraiser with Chrissy Teigen, Amanda Gorman What good are the intelligence committees? MORE (D-Calif.) and President Trump have both cautioned European countries against using the 5G company, saying China could access company's equipment for cyber espionage and other crimes. The administration has prioritized ensuring Huawei is not utilized by other nations by threatening the U.S. intelligence relationship. 

The warnings come after the United Kingdom announced Huawei would be used in “periphery” portions of its networks last month. U.S. lawmakers have since worried about the relationship between the U.S. and U.K. being at risk.

Huawei has denied the company cooperates with China’s intelligence services, but U.S. officials say the company can access mobile phone networks through “backdoors” and would be inclined to help the Chinese government.

The U.S. brought additional charges against the company last week of conspiring and using deception to steal trade secrets and U.S. technologies. The company has previously been charged with stealing intellectual property, wire fraud and obstruction of justice. 

Huawei declined to comment.