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Wed May 15, 2019, 04:41 PM

Trump signs order to protect U.S. networks from foreign espionage

Source: Washington Post

Amid a deepening trade war with China, President Trump on Wednesday declared a “national emergency” to protect U.S. communications networks in a move that gives the federal government broad powers to bar American companies from doing business with certain foreign suppliers — including the Chinese firm Huawei.

Trump declared the emergency in the form of an executive order that says foreign adversaries are exploiting vulnerabilities in U.S. telecom technology and services. It singles out economic and industrial espionage as areas of particular concern. The order authorizes the commerce secretary to block transactions involving communications technologies built by firms controlled by a foreign adversary that puts U.S. security at “unacceptable” risk — or poses a threat of espionage or sabotage to networks that underpin the day-to-day running of vital public services.

Wednesday’s announcement was expected nearly a year ago, and comes as neither Washington nor Beijing appears willing to back down in their ongoing economic dispute. The National Economic Council, which had blocked the move for months, dropped its objection as trade talks hit an impasse, said one official.

Trump’s executive order does not immediately exclude any specific firms or countries, but certainly will not lessen tensions with Beijing. It is consistent with Trump’s increasingly aggressive tack against China in which he has used tariffs as economic weapons, a tactic that he believes to be popular with his political base. The move also boosts the administration’s somewhat uphill effort to persuade allies and partners in Europe to bar Huawei, which officials say is beholden to the Chinese government, from their next-generation 5G wireless networks.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-signs-order-to-protect-us-networks-from-foreign-espionage-a-move-that-appears-to-target-china/2019/05/15/d982ec50-7727-11e9-bd25-c989555e7766_story.html





Full title: Trump signs order to protect U.S. networks from foreign espionage, a move that appears to target China

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 04:55 PM

1. Did Vlad suggest this to Pompeo-ous yesterday?

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Wed May 15, 2019, 05:02 PM

2. China, if you're listening...

Apparently Trumpdoofus took that joke seriously. D’oh.

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Wed May 15, 2019, 05:20 PM

3. I remember China buying up most of the failed dot.com infrastructure so good luck with that. nt

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Thu May 16, 2019, 12:17 AM

4. In other news....

Today President Trump conferred U.S. citizenship on all persons working in the Russian government security apparatus.

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