A new report from The Wall Street Journal mentions a letter sent to US Vice President Mike Pence and several other members of congress from Rulles Vought, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget.
This letter, obtained by the Journal says that the National Defense Authorization Act signed by President Trump – the one that explicitly banned Huawei from doing business with US companies, would result in a “dramatic reduction” of the number of suppliers available to work with the US Government.
While the Administration recognizes the importance of these prohibitions to national security, several agencies have heard significant concerns from a wide range of potentially impacted stakeholders who would be affected.
Vought requested the addressed parties that the act should consider a 2-year delay before the Act goes into effect as to ensure a smoother transition period without drastic interruptions.
Meanwhile, John Suffolk, Huawei’s chief of cyber security offered the following to the UK’s Members of Parliament.
We stand naked in front of the world, but we would prefer to do that, because it enables us to improve our products. We want people to find things, whether they find one or a thousand, we don’t care. We are not embarrassed by what people find.
To this day, the US still hasn’t come forward with any firm evidence of Huawei’s potential threat to national security, even after Huawei openly sued the US Government for its unconstitutional treatment of Huawei without any evidence of its claims.
President Trump himself even went on to say that he hopes the US can lift the ban as part of a trade deal despite saying that Huawei is “very dangerous”. Well, which is it?
Not only does the ban affect one of China’s biggest companies, but it could potentially slow 5G rollout and raise prices.