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Head of Trump administration budget chief: Ban on Huawei must be postponed

This measure will allow "ensure the effective implementation of the prohibition without compromising desired security objectives"

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/NOVOSTIVL/ The Trump administration’s acting budget chief is asking for a delay in restrictions against Huawei Technologies Co Ltd products, according to a letter to Vice-President Mike Pence and nine members of Congress. This article appeared in the South China Morning Post.

The letter last Tuesday from the White House’s acting budget chief, Russell Vought, requested that some restrictions against Huawei sales be delayed for two years "to ensure the effective implementation of the prohibition without compromising desired security objectives".

The Pentagon’s 2020 spending bill, signed into law last year, had placed a broad ban on federal agencies and contractors using federal money to purchase Huawei products, citing national security concerns.

Huawei, the world’s largest telecoms network gear maker, has repeatedly denied it is controlled by the Chinese government, military or intelligence services.

The letter asked that restrictions against purchasing Huawei equipment imposed on government contractors begin in four years, rather than two years. The delay would allow "additional time to think through the associated potential impacts and possible solutions".


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