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Trump’s anger about the “betrayal” of Huawei: fears that the US will limit the intelligence it shares with Britain

Donald Trump has described Boris Johnson’s decision to allow the Chinese company Huawei to play a role in building the UK 5G network as a “betrayal” – as the security line increasingly undermines relations between London and Washington pressure.

The US president is said to have used the term for a senior White House figure after protesting to Mr. Johnson about the deal during a heated phone call earlier this month.

The gap in the special relationship could hardly be worse, with the US government preparing to set out its demands for a post-Brexit trade agreement with the UK in just over a week.

The US president is supposed to have used the term for a senior White House figure after he protested to Mr. Johnson about the deal during a heated phone call earlier this month

The US president is supposed to have used the term for a senior White House figure after he protested to Mr. Johnson about the deal during a heated phone call earlier this month

Last week, Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s Chief of Staff, met with senior officials from Downing Street to claim that giving Huawei access to the network would have a “direct and dramatic impact” on US willingness to share information with the UK , due to concerns that the company may be threatening British communications systems on behalf of Beijing.

In a sign of deteriorating relations, diplomatic sources say that Washington is considering a series of restrictions on the amount of information it shares with the UK.

Currently, members of the Queen’s Privy Council – including cabinet ministers and senior opposition figures, including Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn – have permission to view secret information shared with them on Downing Street.

The gap in the special relationship could hardly be worse, with the US government preparing to set out its demands for a post-Brexit trade agreement with the UK in just over a week.

The gap in the special relationship could hardly be worse, with the US government preparing to set out its demands for a post-Brexit trade agreement with the UK in just over a week.

The gap in the special relationship could hardly be worse, with the US government preparing to set out its demands for a post-Brexit trade agreement with the UK in just over a week.

But US officials have been calling for a more limited circulation of the material, on the grounds that when 5G was established, the security of communication between members could not be guaranteed.

Politicians in Washington have also talked about restricting the security access of British scientists working on sensitive tasks such as nuclear projects in the United States.

The queue could also have an impact on the sharing of technology used to control drone flights, as well as the exchange of sensitive data from US espionage satellites.

The government admits that the company is not a reliable supplier, but says that the risk can be controlled by giving it a limited role in the networks

The government admits that the company is not a reliable supplier, but says that the risk can be controlled by giving it a limited role in the networks

The government admits that the company is not a ‘trusted’ supplier, but says that the risk can be controlled by giving it a limited role in the networks

It comes as former Tory cabinet minister David Davis today describing Mr Johnson’s move to let Huawei in as “the worst information decision since the acquisition of Kim Philby by MI6” – the infamous Soviet double agent.

Mr. Davis, who today wrote as Brexit Secretary in the government of Theresa May, wrote today in today’s Mail, saying that “China has been aggressively spying on Western states for decades and stealing military and technological secrets on an industrial scale.”

He added: “As an overwhelming priority, Boris Johnson must undo his decision about Huawei.”

No 10 sources acknowledge that there was a “lively” phone call between President Trump and Mr. Johnson when the Prime Minister decided to deliver Huawei parts of the new high-speed national telecommunications network, which should be completed by 2025 – according to one version, Trump was “apoplectic” – but they deny that Trump used the term “betrayal” directly to Mr. Johnson during the call.

Mr. Mulvaney warned of the impact on information sharing if Mr. Johnson did not reverse the decision.

“Our governments share an enormous amount of security information,” he said.

“We are deeply concerned that the integrity of that information is trapped in your computer systems, and if you continue with the decision to include Huawei, this will have a direct and dramatic impact on our ability to share information with you. Period, end of story. “

Huawei denies that it is a security risk. The government admits that the company is not a ‘trusted’ supplier, but says that the risk can be controlled by giving it a limited role in the networks. It will be banned from the most sensitive elements and will limit its role to 35 percent of the rest of the network.

Larry Kudlow, President Trump’s oldest economic adviser, also weighed up by calling Britain’s attitude toward Huawei “suboptimal.”

He said the White House planned to hold a conference with competitors of Huawei to try to speed up the development of affordable competitive 5G wireless technology to deny Huawei its competitive advantage.

Tory MPs are preparing for the rebellion on the issue by demanding a “meaningful debate,” where opponent Bob Seely warns that Mr. Johnson should not present the 5G decision to Parliament as a “fait accompli.”

He said: “We are concerned that it will have an adverse effect on the government if it is seen as an attempt to get it covered by secondary legislation. It is just a debate that Parliament has not yet considered. “

US officials have talked about insisting on a more limited circulation of the material, on the grounds that when 5G was established, the safety of communication between members could not be guaranteed. One of the technology company's offices is pictured above in Reading

US officials have talked about insisting on a more limited circulation of the material, on the grounds that when 5G was established, the security of communication between members could not be guaranteed. One of the technology company's offices is pictured above in Reading

US officials have talked about insisting on a more limited circulation of the material, on the grounds that when 5G was established, the security of communication between members could not be guaranteed. One of the technology company’s offices is pictured above in Reading

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