United States officially bans Huawei

Marsha Scott
August 15, 2018

Trump was introduced on the stage by Vice President Mike Pence, who lauded the signing of the NDAA as decisive action to make the strongest military in history even stronger.

"Thank you for being here to sign the historic National Defense Authorization Act, which includes the largest pay increase, support for our military families, and investing in our military readiness".

US President Donald Trump watched an air assault demonstration held at Fort Drum in NY, where US Air Force pilots exhibited mind-boggling stunts and showcased their military might.

The event was help to recognize the signing of a bill named in honor of Sen. Mattis argued that blocking Turkey's access to the most sophisticated stealth aircraft ever would cause a disruption in the U.S. military's supply chain in the Middle East. The bill was named for one of Trump's political critics, the ailing US Senator John McCain of Arizona, but he did not mention McCain's name. Trump said he had expressed that it would be near-impossible to make the trip to upstate NY because of other scheduling considerations.

It gives the Pentagon a $638 billion base budget for defense-related programs linked to the Department of Energy plus an additional $69 billion for possible overseas operations.

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Trump has lifted an earlier ban on U.S. companies selling to ZTE, allowing China's second-largest telecommunications equipment maker to resume business and putting him at odds with both Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

So while ZTE will no longer be allowed to sell gear to the United States government, ZTE officials are likely breathing a sigh of relief, since the Senate bill could have put ZTE out of business altogether.

The bill could have a major impact by forcing many companies that want to work with the government to remove the Huawei and ZTE components they're already using.

Democrats and Republicans alike viewed them as security threats and pushed forward with this bill despite the latter's initial attempt to re-impose sanctions on them instead of an outright trade ban. Chinese officials say it sets "long-term strategic competition with China" as a top priority and includes measures that aid Taiwan. The bill authorizes $716 billion in funding.

Before his speech, Trump stood on the tarmac at the airfield to watch a previously unannounced air assault exercise with 10th Mountain Division Combat Aviation Brigade soldiers and Black Hawk helicopters.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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