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 PompeoUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Sunday shows preview: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election Trump steps up Iran fight in final election stretch 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 TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally 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.