U.S. President Trump does not want to do business with China's Huawei
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[August 19, 2019]
By Steve Holland
MORRISTOWN, New Jersey (Reuters) - U.S.
President Donald Trump on Sunday said he did not want the United States
to do business with China's Huawei even as the administration weighs
whether to extend a grace period for the company.
Reuters and other media outlets reported on Friday that the U.S.
Commerce Department is expected to extend a reprieve given to Huawei
Technologies Co Ltd that permits the Chinese firm to buy supplies from
U.S. companies so that it can service existing customers.
The "temporary general license" will be extended for Huawei for 90 days,
Reuters reported, citing two sources familiar with the situation.
On Sunday, Trump told reporters before boarding Air Force One in New
Jersey that he did not want to do business with Huawei for national
"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."
He 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
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People look at products at the Huawei stall at the International
Consumer Electronics Expo in Beijing, China August 2, 2019.
Speaking earlier on Sunday, National Economic Council director Larry
Kudlow said the Commerce department would extend the Huawei
licensing process for three months as a gesture of "good faith" amid
broader trade negotiations with China.
"We're giving a break to our own companies for three months," Kudlow
said on NBC's "Meet the Press".
(Reporting by Steve Holland in Morristown, New Jersey; Additional
reporting by Michelle Price, Sarah N. Lynch and Ginger Gibson;
Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Daniel Wallis)
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