President Trump signs order to protect US networks from foreign espionage, a move that appears to target China
Amid a deepening trade war with China, President Donald Trump declared a “national emergency” to protect US 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. President Trump declared the emergency in the form of an executive order that says foreign adversaries are exploiting vulnerabilities in US telecommunications technology and services. It points to economic and industrial espionage as areas of particular concern. “The President has made it clear that this Administration 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,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. The order authorizes the commerce secretary to block transactions involving communications technologies built by companies controlled by a foreign adversary that put US security at “unacceptable” risk — or pose a threat of espionage or sabotage to networks that underpin the day-to-day running of vital public services.
Trump signs order to protect U.S. networks from foreign espionage, a move that appears to target China Executive Order on Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain (White House) Message to the Congress on Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain (White House) Statement from the Press Secretary (White House)