Pompeo labels Huawei an 'instrument of Chinese government'

Pompeo labels Huawei an 'instrument of Chinese government'
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite Cheney calls for Turkish leader's bodyguards to be banned from re-entering US Pompeo: Trump to discuss political solution for Syria in meeting with Erdoğan MORE has labeled Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei an "instrument of the Chinese government."

“Huawei is an instrument of the Chinese government,” Pompeo said in a Fox Business Network interview that aired Wednesday. “They’re deeply connected. It’s something that’s hard for Americans to understand.”

“Our companies cooperate with the United States government. That is, they comply with our laws. But no president directs an American private company. That’s very different in China. They just simply operate under a different set of a rules,” he added. 

 

Huawei has denied involvement with the Chinese government, military or intelligence services.

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment MORE earlier this month signed an executive order to put Huawei on a blacklist, which essentially prevents the company from buying components from American firms without permission from the U.S. government. Huawei opposed the decision. 

The U.S. is also currently in a trade war with China after the sides failed to reach a trade agreement. The U.S. has hiked up tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese imports. 

The administration has signaled that another $300 billion in Chinese products could soon be subject to increased tariffs.