U.S. President Donald Trump said before boarding Air Force One in New Jersey that he did not want the United States to do business with Huawei for national security reasons even as the administration weighs whether to extend a grace period for the company.
“At this moment it looks much more like we’re not going to do business,” Trump said. “I don’t want to do business at all because it is a national security threat and I really believe that the media has covered it a little bit differently than that.”
International media outlets reported on Friday that the U.S. Commerce Department is expected to extend a reprieve given to Huawei Technologies that permits the Chinese firm to buy supplies from U.S. companies so that it can service existing customers.
Trump said there were small parts of Huawei’s business that could be exempted from a broader ban, but that it would be “very complicated.” He did not say whether his administration would extend the “temporary general license.”
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