National Security

Trump Regime Walks Back Threats Over Huawei

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Trump regime spent most of the last year threatening our closest allies in Canada and Europe and, at one point, they even threatened to stop sharing sensitive intelligence through the so-called "Five Eyes" network if they don't ban Chinese-owned telecommunications giant Huawei from their next generation of networks.

The network we share with our five closest allies and their respective intelligence services will remain in place, however, even though Britain, Europe and soon Canada will refuse to ban Huawei.

Just before Britain's official departure from the European Union on Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the "Five Eyes" network will remain unchanged.

From Reuters:

On a highly symbolic visit to Britain the day before its exit from the European Union, Pompeo said the "Five Eyes" intelligence sharing network was "strong", and would remain in place despite Britain's decision this week not to exclude Huawei from supplying 5G telecoms equipment.

Washington has applied strong pressure on countries to exclude Huawei, the world's largest maker of telecoms equipment, from mobile networks. The United States argues that the firm's technology could provide "back doors" for Chinese eavesdropping. Huawei denies that its equipment poses a security threat.

Huawei may or may not be as much of a threat to national security as the Trump regime claims, but in this case it's evident that Trump was bluffing. Because even if Huawei is a threat, it apparently isn't enough of a threat to stop sharing intelligence with our closest allies as Trump had threatened to.

There's only so many times the Trump regime can huff and puff like this before our allies straight up ignore us and we may already be at that point.

The next president might be able to restore some of our credibility, but I don't think things will ever be the same again after Trump. And they probably shouldn't be. The world knows that American voters could elect another flying monkey at any time.

  • muselet

    Donald Trump was trying to use Huawei as leverage in Stupid Trade War II (or is it III?) against China. Nobody in the administration gives a monkey’s about telecommunications security, only the professionals whose job it is to care about such things.

    This is not how governments are meant to operate.

    –alopecia