President Donald Trump on Wednesday effectively banned Chinese technology giant Huawei from doing business in the U.S., a move that comes amid growing tensions with China and some of its major technology and telecommunications companies.
In a two-part move, Trump declared a national emergency over foreign threats to U.S. communications infrastructure and services, issuing an executive order that gave Wilbur Ross, the secretary of commerce, the ability to block companies deemed a national security threat. No specific countries or companies were mentioned in the order.
But shortly thereafter, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it would be adding Huawei to its “Entity List,” meaning any Huawei business in the U.S. will now require approval from the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security.
“This will prevent American technology from being used by foreign owned entities in ways that potentially undermine U.S. national security or