Sen. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnGovernment to issue licenses for business with Huawei Blackburn says China building ‘spy network’ through Huawei technology The price of privacy on the Potomac MORE (R-Tenn.) on Sunday accused China of building a “spy network” through the use of telecommunications group Huawei around the world and said it would be dangerous to allow Huawei access to U.S. fifth generation (5G) wireless networks.
“We do not need to let Huawei get into building out these 5G networks, not for us and not for any of our allies because of the dangers there,” Blackburn said while appearing on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”
She added, “China is building a spy network, they want to win the cyber war, and what we have to do is continue to say to them, you cannot empower Huawei, which is state-run, regardless of what they say, we know it is state-run, and it is their mechanism for spying.”
Huawei has been in the spotlight over the past few months after the Commerce Department added the company to its “entity list” in May, citing national security concerns. U.S. companies are banned from doing business with companies included on that list.
The agency put in place a 90-day extension before Huawei is formally added to the list to allow American companies time to adjust.
However, that move was thrown into question last week following President TrumpDonald John TrumpS&P 500 breaks 3,000 for first time Strife between Seoul and Tokyo makes Kim Jong Un’s DMZ victory even more valuable Chamber of Commerce hires former Giuliani, Cruz campaign aide MORE’s announcement at the Group of 20 summit in Japan that he would allow U.S. companies to sell equipment to Huawei. Trump added that “we’re talking about equipment where there’s no great national security problem with it.”
This announcement sparked a wave of bipartisan pushback, with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDemocratic challenger to McConnell raises .5 million on first day of campaign Finally, GOP lawmakers prove conservation and conservatism go hand-in-hand The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump under pressure to jettison Labor secretary MORE (R-S.C.) saying that “there will be a lot of pushback” from both sides of the aisle if Huawei is used as a concession in trade talks.
Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioA better way to protect small businesses from cyberattacks Hillicon Valley: Appeals court rules Trump can’t block people on Twitter | Tech giants to testify in House antitrust investigation | DHS set for grilling over facial recognition tech | Commerce to allow sales to Huawei Government to issue licenses for business with Huawei MORE (R-Fla.) vowed to introduce legislation to keep Huawei on the entity list if Trump removes it, while Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGeorgia’s ‘millennial mayor’ enters race to unseat GOP senator Obama shows off custom US women’s soccer jersey to celebrate World Cup win Rapinoe to Trump: ‘You’re excluding people that look like me’ MORE (D-N.Y.) said Trump’s move in favor of Huawei could “dramatically undercut our ability to change China’s unfair trade practices.”
Blackburn on Sunday added to this chorus, saying American companies that continue to sell to Huawei “need to stop that.”
“Huawei is building out a network that is embedded with spyware, and it doesn’t matter if it is financial data, if it is artificial intelligence or autonomous vehicle networks, why would you give them the ability to shut down those networks?” Blackburn said. “So no, let’s eliminate them from our networks.”
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