White House says it will meet two-year deadline for Huawei ban for contractorsReuters | Washington DC | Updated: 13-06-2019 06:15 IST | Created: 13-06-2019 06:00 IST
Last week the OMB had said it would need more time to implement the ban, which requires third-party suppliers and contractors to restrict their purchases and use of Huawei equipment. But the White House reversed course after "recent conversations with Congress," Vought said in the letter dated Wednesday.
"As we move forward to meet the statutory deadline without further delay, we will work with Congress to address any unforeseen issues that arise," Vought said. The ban is one part of a multifaceted U.S. push against Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's largest telecoms network gear maker, which Washington accuses of espionage and stealing intellectual property.
Huawei has repeatedly denied it is controlled by the Chinese government, military or intelligence services. It has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government over the restrictions in the defense policy bill. The defense law, called the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), placed a broad ban on the use of federal money to purchase products from Huawei, citing national security concerns.
It included a ban on direct federal purchases of Huawei equipment, which will take effect this year. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Eric Beech and Sandra Maler)