The Trump administration believes there is a significant threat in allowing Huawei, a Chinese tech company, to install 5G technology.
As such, the Trump administration just ramped up its pressure on Britain’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to block Huawei from installing 5G infrastructure in his country.
An intelligence threat
The warning to Boris Johnson was delivered via Ambassador Richard Grenell.
Grenell recently sent out a tweet explaining that President Trump called him personally to stress how much of a threat Huawei’s 5G technology is to the entire world…
. @realDonaldTrump just called me from AF1 and instructed me 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.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) February 16, 2020
Britain, per a Daily Caller report, has already struck a deal with the Chinese company to both supply and build a 5G network. However, Britain is reportedly not allowing the company access to government sites and has limited the market share of Huawei to a reported 35 percent.
Even so, the Trump administration believes allowing this company any access could put the country at risk of hacking and compromise intelligence operations.
Attorney General Bill Barr said in early February that “the Chinese are using every lever of power to expand their 5G market share around the globe,” and that “their goal is the eventual demise of capitalism.”
The Chinese push back
China is not taking the attack by Trump lightly and immediately responded to the Grenell tweet.
Hua Chunying, the China Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson sent out a tweet of her own to rebuke the warning issued by Trump…
Ambassador Richard Grenell tweeted on consequences of choosing an “untrustworthy” 5G vendor. Who he is threatening? Who’s the real threat? Remember, Snowden said US spied on Chancellor Merkel’s phone! https://t.co/P0D2pkjvZJ
— Hua Chunying 华春莹 (@SpokespersonCHN) February 17, 2020
The Chinese are and have been significantly outpacing the American effort for 5G technology for several years, something Trump has been hoping to address.
There is a major concern that unless we use American technology, the entire country will be susceptible to cyberattacks.
We have seen already how devastating this can be, which is exactly why Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is not backing down and is continuing to put pressure on our allies to block Huawei from dominating the 5G market.