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Donald Trump this week closed the door on the idea of talking Huawei with China in relation to the trade war between the two countries. The US president said that Huawei was a national security concern and not something that had anything to do with the messy business of US-China trade.
This runs counter to what the president had asserted prior, saying that Huawei and China’s trade war were intertwined. Now, however, he seems to have reverted to the official stance of the US government on this matter.
“It’s a national security concern,” Trump said today in the Oval Office. “Huawei is a big concern of our military, of our intelligence agencies, and we are not doing business with Huawei. And we’ll see what happens with respect to China, but Huawei has been not a player that we want to talk about right now.”
Huawei and the US have had a long and complicated history, with accusations flying between both parties. Just this week, Huawei said the US had attempted to shakedown its firm and had provided little to o evidence for its claim. On the other hand, the US claims that Huawei is a national security threat, and has restricted the firm from doing business with any US firms in the future.
Huawei is due to launch its Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro flagships in two weeks, but without Google’s apps preloaded there’s little hope that the firm will see sales numbers like it had enjoyed in the past.