"President Donald Trump on Wednesday declared a national emergency over threats against American technology, the White House said.
The move, done via executive order, is expected to precede a ban on U.S. firms doing business with the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, though the order does not refer to Huawei directly.
The order authorizes the Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in consultation with other top officials, to block transactions that involve information or communications technology that “poses an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States.”
The announcement has been under discussion for a year. It comes as the U.S and China remain locked in a trade dispute and could escalate tensions between the world’s two largest economies.
The order has been opposed by small rural carriers, who continued to rely on Huawei equipment even after it was largely dropped by the larger telecommunications companies.
In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrote that the administration will “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.”"
"Donald Trump signed an order Wednesday that's expected to restrict Chinese telecommunication firms Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp.from selling their equipment in the U.S., ratcheting up the battle for control over new 5G technology networks.
The order also risks further aggravating Beijing as the president seeks to pressure China's leaders into agreeing to a wide-ranging trade deal with the U.S.
In the order, which didn’t name any countries or companies, Trump declared a national emergency relating to threats against information and communications technology and services. An administration official insisted in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday that the order wasn’t aimed specifically at China.