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NATIONAL SECURITY/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump today argued U.S. companies must take the lead in the global race to build next-generation wireless networks — and made a cryptic warning against blocking certain technology from being used in their development…In a followup, he added, ‘I want the United States to win through competition, not by blocking out currently more advanced technologies.’ It wasn’t immediately clear what he was referring to, though his administration has offered mixed messages on keeping Chinese telecom companies like Huawei and ZTE out of the U.S. over national security concerns, despite calls to do so from Democrats and Republicans alike. A planned executive order to ban certain Chinese gear from being used in U.S. 5G networks has been long delayed, and Trump chafed against an export ban the Commerce Department placed last year on exports from ZTE, which the company said was poised to doom its global operations. The administration subsequently struck a deal with ZTE lifting the ban.”

John Hendel, “Trump cautions against ‘blocking out’ tech in call for 5G networks,” Politico, February 21, 2019 10:14 am

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