Trump executive order could bar Huawei equipment from U.S telecom networks

U.S President Donald Trump issued an executive order on May 15, 2019 barring U.S. telecom networks from using telecommunication equipment from companies that pose a national security threat. The order would subject companies such as Huawei to serve export controls, requiring the company to obtain U.S government consent when buying U.S. technology.

The executive order announces a “national economic emergency” which allows the U.S. to prohibit technology from foreign adversaries if they are thought to pose “unacceptable risks” to America’s national security and communications systems.

The new law addresses Washingtons’ growing concerns that Chinese technology is a threat to the country’s internet and telecommunications security. Huawei will be the biggest company to ever be subjected to the law.

Huawei, which has repeatedly denied the allegations, said in a statement that “Banning Huawei using cybersecurity as an excuse “will do nothing to make networks more secure. They provide a false sense of security, and distract attention from the real challenges we face,” said Song Liuping, Huawei’s chief legal officer. “Politicians in the U.S. are using the strength of an entire nation to come after a private company,” Song noted. “This is not normal. Almost never seen in history.”

“The U.S. government has provided no evidence to show that Huawei is a security threat. There is no gun, no smoke. Only speculation,” Song added.

Huawei has responded by filing a motion for summary judgment as part of the process to challenge the constitutionality of Section 889 of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (2019 NDAA).