“Call to delay Huawei restrictions”

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WASHINGTON – 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 the United States Vice-President Mike Pence and nine members of Congress.

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.

Representatives for Pence did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 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, seen by Reuters, said the timetables for the restrictions against Huawei would cause a “dramatic reduction” in the number of contractors able to sell to the US government. (Reuters)

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