May 16 (Nepal Niti) – President of the United States Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to protect computer networks from foreign adversaries. Trump signed an executive order that bars the US companies from using foreign telecoms believed to pose national security risks.
However, the declaration of national emergency over IT threats does not name any company, but this move is believed to target Huawei. The Chinese tech giant said restricting its business in the US would only hurt American consumers and companies. In recent time, several countries, led by the US, have raised concerns about the Huawei product used by China for surveillance.
According to a White House statement, Mr. Trump’s order aims to “protect American from foreign adversaries who are actively and increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in information and communications technology infrastructure and services”. It gives Secretary of commerce the power to prohibit transactions posing an unacceptable risk to the national security the statement adds.