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 PompeoTurkey's search for oil may spill over into conflict with Greece The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden, Harris's first day as running mates Watchdog: Trump's UK envoy made inappropriate remarks on religion, race, sex 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 TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' 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.