By Joseph Marks
President Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The Trump administration’s Huawei policy is hitting a familiar snag: President Trump.
The president has thrown his administration’s years-long effort to combat the Chinese telecom into chaos, contradicting
There are two big problems with the president's statement. First, Trump himself signed off last year on severe limits on U.S.
Second, Trump officials have argued fiercely their concerns about Huawei are based on legitimate national security fears that the company could enable a massive expansion in Chinese spying if it builds allies’ next-generation 5G wireless networks. And the president just delivered a major blow to that argument.
The president’s tweets appear to have tabled internal discussions about boosting limitations on sales to Huawei as well as restricting offers of aircraft engines to China partly produced by General Electric, the New York Times’s Alan Rappeport reports.
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The inconsistency couldn’t come at a worse time because U.S.
“America’s global campaign to prevent its closest allies from using Huawei
It also comes just two days after Trump contradicted his top officials by announcing through U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell the United States may stop sharing classified intelligence with nations that contract with Huawei. Yet, it’s not at all clear whether that's true or if Trump was just sounding off.
The president also struck out at lawmakers in his Twitter rant even though Republicans and Democrats have generally both taken a hard line against Huawei.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) even highlighted the bipartisan opposition during an address at the Munich Security Conference, marking a united front with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper. She warned that nations that contract with Huawei are choosing “autocracy over democracy.”
The inconsistent messaging raised hackles on Capitol Hill. Here’s Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.):
Former officials also lashed out at Trump for an erratic and inconsistent policy. Here’s Richard Stengel, a top State Department official during the Obama administration:
Perhaps most maddeningly for Huawei hawks, Trump’s tweets stepped on what might have been a rare good day for the United States in its battle with the company. A federal judge in Texas yesterday dismissed a lawsuit from Huawei claiming that Congress overstepped its bounds in 2018 when it barred the company from government computer networks, one of the earliest
The decision was largely expected and echoed a previous ruling in which Congress banned the Russian anti-virus firm Kaspersky. But the judge's dismissal of the case before Huawei could even call witnesses deprived it of an opportunity to publicly challenge U.S.
A Huawei representative told me the company is “disappointed in today’s ruling and while we understand the paramount significance of national security, the approach taken by the U.S.
The company will “continue to consider further legal options,” the representative said.
PINGED, PATCHED, PWNED
A Ring doorbell device.
Consumer advocacy groups and
But the breaches haven't been enough to scare away most customers, my colleague Drew Harwell found in an unscientific survey of more than 50 Internet-connected camera owners.
Drew found most camera owners were “fine with intimate new levels of surveillance — as long as they were the ones who got to watch.”
“They analyzed their neighbors. They monitored their kids and house guests. And they judged the performance of housekeepers, babysitters and other domestic workers, often without letting them know they were being recorded,” Drew reports. “’I
The WhatsApp logo.
Facebook blocked the account and those of several other NSO employees when it sued the company in October for allegedly helping government spies break into the WhatsApp accounts of about 1,400 users across 20 countries, including human rights activists, journalists and diplomats. The case marked the most significant lawsuit to date against the spyware industry, which critics say acts unethically by helping autocratic regimes gather information on their enemies.
The court is expected to issue similar rulings for other NSO employees whose accounts were blocked, an NSO spokeswoman told Steven Scheer and Tova Cohen at Reuters.
“We will continue to take appropriate action to defend our users and we look forward to participating in open court to document how NSO threatens the safety and security of users and needs to be held accountable,” Facebook said in a statement to Reuters.
Reality Winner walks into the federal courthouse in Augusta, Ga.
Trump has issued numerous high-profile pardons and commutations to high profile people including several yesterday to former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, junk bond king Michael Milken and former New York police Commissioner Bernard Kerik among others.
The petition refers to a 2018 tweet in which President Trump called the sentence — the longest ever given to a journalistic source under the Espionage Act — “unfair."
“Our country was attacked by a hostile foreign power,” Winner's attorney Alison Grinter said at a Monday news conference. “Our national healing process cannot begin until we forgive our truth-tellers and begin the job of rebuilding what was taken from us: election security, accountability for those who endeavor to undermine our democracy, and safeguarding the American right to government by and for the people.”
Grinter will send the Justice Department 4,500 letters of support in addition to the clemency request.
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