Trump Signs Order to Safeguard US Telecom Networks

Posted: May 15, 2019, 5:05 pm

Trump Signs Order to Safeguard US Telecom Networks

FILE - Huawei's logo is seen at its showroom in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China, March 29, 2019.
FILE – Huawei's logo is seen at its showroom in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China, March 29, 2019.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order declaring a national emergency and barring U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms posing a national security risk, paving the way for a ban on doing business with China's Huawei Technologies Co.

Reuters reported Tuesday that Trump was expected to take action on the long-awaited proposal this week.

The executive order invokes the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which gives the president the authority to regulate commerce in response to a national emergency that threatens the United States.

The order directs the Commerce Department, working with other government agencies, to draw up a plan for enforcement.

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