Republican senators tell Microsoft that the threat from Huawei is "real and urgent"

Republican senators tell Microsoft that the threat from Huawei is
Huawei is considered a national security threat in the U.S., but the reason why has never been proven. Based on the laws in China, the communist government can demand that Huawei gather intelligence on any company and any person. As a result, there is a myth that the company's phones and networking equipment contain a backdoor that can act as a conduit for information that is sent to Beijing. Huawei, of course, has always denied this and to date, no such backdoor has ever been discovered. Even without proof, the U.S. Commerce Department put Huawei on its Entity List last May preventing the manufacturer from accessing its U.S. supply chain. What could be nothing more than a fairy tale also keeps Huawei's highly regarded handsets from being sold by U.S. carriers and retailers.

According to Bloomberg, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith has complained that the U.S. government is not being open about why it has essentially banned U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei; after all, the Chinese manufacturer did spend $11 billion in the U.S. for components and software last year. In fact, Huawei was memory chipmaker Micron Technology's biggest customer last year.

Trump administration tells Microsoft that it would agree with U.S. policy on Huawei if the company knew what the government knows


On Monday, five Republican senators wrote a letter to Microsoft's Smith containing allegations about Huawei's involvement in espionage, theft of technology and "economic warfare." The five senators, Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio, Rick Scott, Mike Braun, and Josh Hawley, wrote that "the security concerns about Huawei are real and urgent." To be sure, Huawei was once convicted in a civil case of stealing actual parts of T-Mobile's phone testing robot Tappy (which the U.S. is now preparing a criminal prosecution for), and the American government also has indicted the company for doing business with North Korea violating U.S. and international economic sanctions. The U.S. claims that Huawei tried to cover up these sales and committed bank fraud as a result.


Microsoft's Smith was interviewed last month by Bloomberg's Businessweek and stated that Microsoft has asked U.S. officials to explain why U.S. firms are not allowed to do business with Huawei. The executive said that Microsoft has received replies from the U.S. government that do not give specific reasons. Smith revealed that "what we get in response is, 'Well, if you knew what we knew, you would agree with us.' And our answer is, 'Great, show us what you know so we can decide for ourselves. That’s the way this country works.'"


Smith also had some pointed words for U.S. President Donald Trump, noting that as a hotel owner the president should understand why his administration's actions are putting Huawei at risk. The Microsoft executive said, "To tell a tech company that it can sell products, but not buy an operating system or chips, is like telling a hotel company that it can open its doors, but not put beds in its hotel rooms or food in its restaurant. Either way, you put the survival of that company at risk."

Huawei forecast earlier this year, before being banned from its stateside supply chain, that it would ship 300 million handsets during 2019. It planned on surpassing Samsung to become the largest smartphone manufacturer by the end of this year. However, since its latest flagship series cannot use the Google Play Services version of Android with the Play Store and Google apps, international sales of the device are expected to be well under earlier estimates. And as we pointed out yesterday, there is a good chance that Apple will reclaim its second-place slot from Huawei by the end of this quarter.

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85 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Maybe people would take the Republicans more seriously on matters of national security if they weren't enabling and supporting a Russian asset in the White House.

3. addicted2088

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Has there been any proof about that yet, or are people just saying he colluded with Russia and did other stuff (like asking Ukraine president to investigate things) because the Democratic party in the US is continuously coming up with new allegations without any real proof?

4. zeropants

Posts: 42; Member since: May 31, 2012

You mean like the documentation they redacted from Mueller and the information they flat out restricted? Or are you referring to the multiple documents and witnesses being brought to attention now as the administration puts out a statement saying they won't cooperate?

16. Sparrow unregistered

again none of that shows he's a "russian asset".

73. audibot

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

for one its not a real impeachment since no vote has been given and why should anyone talk since the rouge democrat branch is hell-bent on getting him out they said from 1st day i mean within hours of swearing-in that they will need to impeach him, they are pissed they lost, and are power-hungry, after 3 years and over 2500 subpenas no crimes found, just more bad dc people and dems.

6. jellmoo

Posts: 2622; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

They... They released the transcript[t of the call with Zelensky where Trump did exactly that. Then he asked China to do the same thing... On camera to reporters.

18. Sparrow unregistered

the transcript pretty much showed that trump was correct.

32. jellmoo

Posts: 2622; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It most certainly does not. It shows a President asking another world leader to dig up dirt on a political rival. Right after cutting off funding to that country. Right after that country asked for weapons. Right when the President asks them to do him a favour first.

53. Sparrow unregistered

It most certainly does. Everyone involved share the same story. There is a reason the “inquiry “ hasn’t been voted on.

75. audibot

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

no the hell it doesnt your spreading lies, like cnn and msnbc. and wont redact and like schiff that lies out loud and gets called out and it and says ow i thought everyone would get that i was not telling the truth

74. audibot

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

are you smoking crack or even in this country read it non of that is factual and they already reopend the case of hunter 3 months before the call, its about time a president had the balls to go after the criminal dems that get away with everything. look into the history of china and Bidens it does not take a genius to figure that out

12. Vokilam

Posts: 1278; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Addicted2088, Dude these people are delusional and pulling at every string. No president ever went thru all the bulls**t that trump had to go thru. People with half a brain can clearly see politicians are threatened by the outsider. Dems don’t give one rats ass about you - they want their team to win so the can continue with their abolishment of the constitution! Their queen lost, and she lost bad - and the snowflakes cannot comprehend reality that real citizens don’t want what they’re cooking. Unemployment is down, welfare recipients are down, housing manufacturing and sales are up, us production of energy is up. But yeah let’s impeach because trump suspected of Bidens wrong doings in Ukraine. Trump says “there was no threat”. Ukraine says “there was no threat”. Democrats screaming “he threatened”. Frankly it comical how these people are trying so hard, over and over and fail miserably every time.

21. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1080; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Unemployment has been steadily falling since the Obama Administration fixed the 2008 Crash, I guess good job Trump for not f**king that up. Also, Unemployment is a terrible indicator because it often ignores another correlating statistic, which is the people that are unemployed, but not actively seeking employment. America's average life expectancy has been increasing which leads to more elderly citizens dropping out of the work force, and thus get removed from the Unemployment statistic. Welfare recipients are down and are expected to drop again in 2020 due to extreme budget cuts to social programs such as HUD and SNAP. Such a great Job by Trump.... And if Trump is so innocent, why is it that he does everything in his power to be uncooperative? If he truly has nothing to hide, he wouldn't block members of his cabinet from being questioned by the House. And how many of Trumps employees have been indicted so far, yet Trump is magically innocent in everything? Bill Clinton was impeached for lying about his sexual endeavors, but Trump openly calls for China to investigate a US Citizen and Potential Political opponent and you think hes innocent? get over yourself

25. Vokilam

Posts: 1278; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

If the economy tanked - you would have blamed Trump, but when economy improves - it’s Obama? I understand now...

37. Gottaluvnewtech28

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 20, 2019

The reason that he's blocked them is because the dem's won't put an actual vote for impeachment. They won't do it because it's gonna put moderate dem rep's in Trump won districts in trouble and also it will give Republicans subpoena power, which I guarentee you they don't want that. Clinton lied under oath that's why he was impeached. Nobody cared about his sexual endeavors. There was something like 10 crimes that Clinton committed in the Star report. None of that has happened to Trump. The Mueller report and this Ukraine phone call nonsense is just that nonsense. Dems are literally reaching for anything to impeach. If their ideas are so good, quit worrying about 2016 and beat him in 2020.

77. audibot

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

you sound like every person talking about reganomics. get over it obama f**ked the us and world over doubled the debt extra 10 trillion thats more then all presidents combined you moron the day trump won the markets and everything skyrocketed and still going.

36. jellmoo

Posts: 2622; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Anyone with half a brain can see that Trump is the most ridiculously corrupt President of the modern era, and is taking credit for a bunch of things he's had no hand in. He has repeatedly lied to the American people, is incapable of ever admit to being wrong, and has demonstrated a complete lack of political awareness. He has greatly diminished the United states on the world stage, has alienated allies and has worked hard to impress despots and dictators.

40. Vokilam

Posts: 1278; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

What did he take credit for that wasn’t his? What lies did he tell American people? What did he do that was wrong and not admit to it? Complete lack of political awareness? Duh, he’s not a politician. His words aren’t written by some SJW, he says exactly what he means. Obama and all politicians only say BS that are politically correct and what everyone wants to hear, they never say what they actually mean - they lie and present a pretty face to the public but assholes in real life - trump is an asshole and he shows that to public - I trust that more than a soft spoken politician! Trump never apologized or bowed or another nation unlike Hillary and Obama! In fact Trump did the opposite - he finally put tariffs and sac nations on countries that took advantage of us - long overdue. If talking to North Korea without paying them billions of dollars like Clinton did is “to impress dictators”. Well I think you’re misinformed. Kim Jin yin (or whatever his name is) finally saw someone serious that he can negotiate instead of previous “gift givers” spineless presidents. Man get your head out of all the media - which are just democratic political blow horns, and read some real facts between the lines.

46. Vokilam

Posts: 1278; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Typical snowflake response.

50. DFranch

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

"Trump never apologized or bowed or another nation unlike Hillary and Obama!" Oh, Please ... He basically gives Kim Jong-un a hand job every time he talks about him. I almost puked listening to Trump talk about the "beautiful letter he wrote me". Or how about ... "I believe Putin" over the CIA/FBI. No, he never bows.

54. Sparrow unregistered

That’s the way diplomacy works. He never had to bow or give hundreds of millions of dollars to Iran for a nuclear deal they have violated from day one.

47. jojon

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

,,,,in your dreams!!

78. audibot

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

why the hell should we pay for everything in the world or help every country in the world when they dont like us or would never help us. screw them all.

63. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

In actual fact, Ukraine stated in plain terms that they understood the aid was contingent on them investigating Hunter Biden. The irony of you talking about dems shredding the Constitution as Trump craps on it daily is just too rich.

79. audibot

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

what crap are you reading the president of Ukraine didn't even know the money was held for another month and they got the javelins but they wanted more, plus why the hell should we be giving money to these countries and then selling them weapons think about it thats us just giving them weapons, plus dont forget about clinton using a ex spi and ukraine for her lies to undermine a candadate. also they still have the server there from clinton and she would not let the fbi have access

76. audibot

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

right vokilam remember how the clinton foundation had tens of millions coming in for speeches and then poof no more money when she lost, or biidan on video saying he got the prosecutor fired that was looking into his son and the board he was on. he was a drug user and a navy drop out and could not speek the languages of these people and no idea about natural gas or oil or anything else just his dads name bidan.

24. cmdacos

Posts: 4262; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

As much proof as has been provided to validate risk claims against Huawei

29. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, the is the actual, White House provided transcript of the call. I suppose you could call that evidence. Beyond that, there's the fact that every move he makes benefits Russia, and hurts the US.

62. Vokilam

Posts: 1278; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Explain to me how anything he does “benefits Russia and hurts the US”?

64. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

See the recent pull out in Syria. Even the Republicans can't stomach it. See the softening and removal of sanctions against Russia. See the distancing from western allies, weakening of NATO. The man is a Russian asset. Period.

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