…As Trump’s willingness to meet with Maduro becomes fodder for Biden***
U.S. Secretary of State, Mr Michael Pompeo, says the “tide is turning against” Chinese multinational telecom giant, Huawei, in the sale of 5G technologies.
The assertion comes amid efforts by the U.S. to cut off the global information and telecom solutions provider from the supply chain over cybersecurity concerns.
President Donald Trump believes the Chinese government is using Huawei to conduct cyber espionage on the U.S. and around the world, an accusation the company denies.
In 2019, the administration blacklisted Hauwei, a move that forbids U.S. ICT companies from buying equipment from the Chinese firm.
The administration also threatened to severe intelligence-sharing ties with U.S. allies that patronise the company for their ICT infrastructure.
It went further to release a rule in May aimed at the crippling global sale of chips made with U.S. technology to Hauwei.
The new rule requires U.S. licences for shipments of such chips, produced outside the U.S., to the telecoms giant.
Pompeo said: “The tide is turning against Huawei as citizens around the world are waking up to the danger of the Chinese Communist Party’s surveillance state.
“Huawei’s deals with telecommunications operators around the world are evaporating, because countries are only allowing trusted vendors in their 5G networks.
“Examples include the Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden, Estonia, Romania, Denmark and Latvia.”
The Secretary of State said Greece recently agreed to use Ericsson rather than Huawei to develop its 5G infrastructure.
According to him, some of the largest telecom companies around the world are also becoming “Clean Telcos”.
“We’ve seen this with Orange in France, Jio in India, Telstra in Australia, SK and KT in South Korea, NTT in Japan, and O2 in the United Kingdom.
“A few weeks ago, the big three telecommunications companies in Canada decided to partner with Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung, because public opinion was overwhelmingly against allowing Huawei to build Canada’s 5G networks.
“Telefónica states in its Digital Manifesto that ‘security is paramount,’ and its CEO and Chairman José María Álvarez-Pallete López recently declared, ‘Telefónica is proud to be a 5G Clean Path company.
“Telefónica Spain and O2 (UK) are fully clean networks, and Telefónica Deutschland (Germany) and Vivo (Brazil) will be in the near future without equipment from any untrusted vendors,” he added.
Pompeo said the global preference of secure 5G was increasing, noting that Hauwei was not a company to be trusted with sensitive data.
In the meantime, the news of President Donald Trump’s willingness to meet someday with embattled Venezuelan ruler Nicolas Maduro is coming to the AM radio dial in Miami. And to Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
Following Trump’s acknowledgment during an Axios interview published Sunday that he would consider a face-to-face with Maduro, the campaign of presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is planning to publish ads online and on Spanish-language radio in the Miami market highlighting the president’s openness to meeting with a foreign leader whose reign has seen millions flee poverty-racked Venezuela.
Trump said on Twitter on Monday that he would only meet with Maduro to facilitate a peaceful exit from the country.
But with hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan exiles living in Florida, Biden’s campaign hopes to hurt Trump by promoting the Axios interview – during which Trump made lukewarm statements about Juan Guaido, the Venezuelan national assembly leader whom the U.S. recognises as Venezuela’s rightfully elected president.
“We’ve known for some time that Donald Trump is no friend to the Venezuelan people fighting for human rights and democracy in their country, and now there can be no doubt,” the Biden campaign said in a statement.
“This is deeply personal to all those in South Florida who have fled to the U.S. from the brutal Maduro regime, and this November, Floridians are going to hold Trump accountable for his behavior toward the Venezuelan people and elect Joe Biden,” it added.
Republicans continue to stand by Trump, arguing that the president has been much tougher on Venezuela and its most important ally – Cuba – than the Obama-Biden administration.
But the coming ad campaign is the latest evidence that Democrats believe Trump damaged his reelection hopes in must-win Florida with his comments.
The Florida Democratic Party and Biden campaign have hosted and planned multiple calls with members of Congress and Venezuelan activists around Trump’s interest in a possible meeting with Maduro.
And Democratic candidates in South Florida have begun to attack Republican opponents who have refrained from criticising the president.
The Biden campaign said that the ads would begin airing on the radio as early as midweek and will be placed on stations with high ratings among Venezuelan Americans and Cuban Americans.
A Biden spokesman said that the ads were part of a 15 million dollar ad blitz announced last week that includes a five-week, seven-figure Hispanic voter media campaign in Florida and Arizona.
Following the initial publication of this article, Ali Pardo, deputy communications director for the Trump campaign, issued a statement to the Miami Heraldcriticising Biden’s past interactions with Maduro and touting the U.S. Justice Department’s indictment of the Venezuelan leader and other current and former Venezuelan officials on narco-trafficking charges.
“If Joe Biden wants to make his Florida campaign about Venezuela, we would gladly welcome that debate,” she said.