Washington, DC, United States (4E) – President Trump has declared a national emergency to protect US computer networks from IT threats, according to an executive order he signed Wednesday.
While no company is specifically named, the president’s target is reportedly Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.
There are concerns Huawei’s products are being used by China in surveillance efforts against the U.S. and other countries.
According to the White House, the order is designed to “protect America from foreign adversaries who are actively and increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in information and communications technology infrastructure and services.”
It also allows the secretary of commerce to “prohibit transactions posing an unacceptable risk to the national security.”
It may also serve to rachet up tensions between China and the U.S., however, as the two nations are already seriously squabbling over trade issues.
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