Kudlow: US sales to Huawei won’t imperil national security

Politics

People walk past a Huawei retail store in Beijing, Sunday, June 30, 2019. Once again, Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping have hit the reset button in trade talks between the world’s two biggest economies, at least delaying an escalation in tension between the U.S. and China that had financial markets on edge and cast a cloud over the global economy. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow says President Donald Trump won’t back off national security concerns after agreeing to allow U.S. companies to sell some components to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei (WAH’-way).

Kudlow tells “Fox News Sunday” and CBS’ “Face the Nation” that Huawei will remain on an American blacklist as a potential security threat. He says any additional U.S. licensing “will be for what we call general merchandise, not national security sensitive,” such as chips and software generally available around the world.

Some Republican senators criticized Trump’s announcement Saturday, describing the company as a threat to U.S. national security. In a tweet, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida called the move a “catastrophic mistake.”

Trump made the comments after meeting with China’s Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) in Japan.

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