TRUMP TAKES CREDIT FOR UK’S DUMPING HUAWEI ...BUT UK MINISTER CUTS HIM
US President Donald Trump has bragged that he was responsible for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to ban Huawei from Britain’s 5G network from the end of 2027, Reuters reported on July 16, 2020.
On Tuesday, Johnson ordered Huawei equipment to be purged completely from Britain’s 5G network by the end of 2027, risking the ire of China by signaling that the world’s biggest telecoms equipment maker is not welcome in the West.
“We convinced many countries, many countries, I did this myself for the most part, not to use Huawei, because we think it is an unsafe security risk, it’s a big security risk,” Trump said, before referring to the UK ban.
However, a senior British minister on Wednesday denied that US President Donald Trump was responsible for Britain’s 5G ban on Huawei, saying the decision was a considered one despite attempts by some individuals to claim credit, Guy Faulconbridge and Sarah Young reported for Reuters on July 16, 2020.
Britain announced on Tuesday it would purge Huawei equipment from 5G by the end of 2027, with Trump saying hours later that: “We convinced many countries, many countries, I did this myself for the most part, not to use Huawei, because we think it is an unsafe security risk, it’s a big security risk.”
Asked about the remark, British Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News: “Well we all know Donald Trump don’t we?”
“All sorts of people can try to claim credit for the decision but this was based on a technical assessment by the National Cyber Security Center about how we could have the highest quality 5G systems in the future,” he said.