President Donald Trump has moved to put an end to transfers of high technologies to dangerous foreign countries.
The countries on the list have engaged in illicit use of the technologies that are supposed to go for civilian use and putting them toward cyber warfare, terrorism, and other dangerous uses.
According to Daily Caller:
Trump “will do what it takes to keep America safe and prosperous. and to protect America from foreign adversaries who are actively and increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in information and communications technology infrastructure and services in the United States,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders wrote in a press statement after the announcement.
Naturally, the Chinese are the main target of this move, especially the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, one of the biggest tech companies in the world.
Huawei is barred from selling products in the U.S. (especially its cellphones) because the Chinese load every electronic device with spyware that returns information directly to the Chinese military machine.
Reuters reported Tuesday that Trump was considering signing an order designed to prohibit American companies from using technologies from countries deemed adversaries. Huawei officials appeared to support such an order, with Andy Purdy, the chief technology officer for Huawei Technologies USA, telling reporters the company welcomes the president making America safe.
The administration continues to pressure U.S. allies to cease doing business with enemy nations.
“I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible. It is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard,” the president recently wrote.
Huawei was recently hit with several counts of fraud.
Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, for instance, announced legislation Tuesday that would make it more difficult for American tech companies to export their technology to China.
“It’s time we realized China is not one threat among many, China is the biggest national security threat facing the US,” Hawley wrote in a tweet shortly after his announcement.
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