British decision on China's technology giant creates US concern and “private anger” with the president.
President Donald Trump has sharply argued with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a phone call after Britain announced it would allow Chinese telecom giant Huawei to play a role in building a 5G mobile network.
It says a source for CNN.
The British decision goes against deep American concern with the Chinese technology giant.
A source tells CNN that Trump was furious and scolded the British Prime Minister for having completely ignored “a national security threat”.
Reports of a phone call from Trump to Johnson were first brought in the British newspaper The Financial Times.
Officially, the United States has a regrettable tone in the reactions to the British decision, and the phone call is termed an expression of “private anger” at Trump.
“The United States is disappointed with Britain's decision,” a senior source in the Trump administration said, citing Britain's decision.
The source adds that in the future, the United States will cooperate with the British in a way that excludes unwanted components from the Chinese 5G network.
In several Western countries, Huawei is building the next-generation mobile network known as 5G. The US accuses the Chinese company of using the new advanced espionage network for China.
The British want a major comprehensive trade agreement with the United States, and Johnson is expected to visit Washington shortly.
Trump has publicly stated that Johnson reflects on a “British Trump,” but the two men disagree in a number of areas – including the Iran and Huawei deal.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Friday told CNBC that in Trump's administration there is “deep disappointment” over Britain's agreement with Huawei.
– I remember meeting President Johnson. I told him that as soon as the British are out of the EU, we are willing to negotiate a free trade agreement with the UK.
– We have now begun the process and we just do not believe that Huawei's technology is in line with US and UK interests in security and privacy. That's a real problem.
The US Communications Committee FCC is faced with deciding whether Huawei should be labeled as “a national security risk”.
/ Ritzau /