US ambassador warns decision to hand over Huawei role in 5G could hit intelligence sharing after Australian MPs “cancel visit to Britain”
- Boris Johnson approved Huawei’s limited role in the UK 5G network in January
- US have warned that the move could damage intelligence sharing with their allies
- Allegedly, Australian MPs canceled the trip to the UK via a row linked to Huawei
The US has issued a clear warning that intelligence sharing could be compromised by the decision to allow Huawei a role in the 5G network.
Donald Trump delivered the difficult message to important allies, including the UK and France, at a security conference in Munich last night.
The US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, said the president told him to make it clear “any nation that chooses to use an unreliable 5G seller will jeopardize our ability to share information and information at the highest level bring’.
The reprimand came after Boris Johnson caused Mr. Trump’s anger to announce that the Chinese tech giant will have a limited role in Britain’s communications upgrade.
It is also believed that Australian MPs canceled a visit to the UK next month amid the bitter dispute over Huawei.
Boris Johnson roused Donald Trump’s anger by announcing that the Chinese tech giant will have a limited role in Britain’s communications upgrade
The US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, said the president told him to make it clear “any nation that chooses to use an unreliable 5G seller will jeopardize our ability to share information and information at the highest level bring’
Johnson gave the company the green light to help build 5G in January, despite concerns from allies including the US. It will be subject to severe restrictions, such as access to the ‘core network’ and a maximum market share of 35 percent.
Despite a relatively muted response in public, Mr. Trump said “apoplectic” with anger in a phone call to Johnson.
Grenell, who attended the high-profile security conference in Munich, said on Twitter last night: “@realDonaldTrump just called me from AF1 and instructed me to make it clear that any nation that chooses to use an unreliable 5G vendor is our ability to sharing intelligence and information at the highest level. “
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the conference on Saturday that Huawei was a “Trojan horse for Chinese intelligence.”
The technology company has rejected American accusations and Beijing has complained about “economic bullying.”
The Australian Parliament’s intelligence and security committee is due to arrive at the end of March and will meet in the first week of April with the House of Commons intelligence commission, British security agencies and other national security figures.
However, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that the visit was abruptly canceled after an angry letter.
The British High Commissioner Victoria Treadell has reportedly written two Australian MPs to ask for an explanation of the leaked talks with the British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab.
Mr Raab met the Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security and the Foreign Affairs Committee during a visit focused on closer ties in the post-Brexit era in the UK.
The British High Commissioner was allegedly angry because those talks had leaked to the media, showing that Australian MPs had criticized the UK for allowing Huawei into its 5G network.
Australia – which, like the US, is part of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing organization – has banned the Chinese company from its 5G network due to fear of espionage.
Mr. Trum P would have expressed his anger during a telephone conversation with Johnson (pictured last week on Downing Street)