Commerce department still treats Huawei as blacklisted, despite what Trump said


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Following an emergency declaration, Huawei was added to an Entity List back in May that prevented it from doing business with US companies without a government license. It has caused numerous problems for the tech giant, and even American firms have asked the Trump administration to ease the ban, which they say will also hurt US organizations.

At the G20 summit in Japan on Saturday, it appeared that Trump was softening his stance on Huawei, “We have a lot of great companies in Silicon Valley and based in different parts of the country, that make extremely complex equipment – we’re letting them sell to Huawei,” he said.

But Trump’s words seem to contradict what the Department of Commerce (DOC) has been told. A Reuters report reveals that staff members within the DOC have been informed that Huawei is still on the Entity List and US companies will face the “presumption of denial” when applying to sell to the firm.

Adding to the confusion was White House trade advisor Peter Navarro, who noted that the government would allow “lower tech” chip sales to the company, which don’t threaten national security.

Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei says the company will face a $30 billion loss over the next two years because of the ban, and is preparing for its smartphone sales to decline drastically in Europe as consumers fear they’ll no longer be able to access Google services or receive Android updates. The company does, however, have its own OS, Hongmeng, ready for the worst-case scenario.

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Uncle Al

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This is one of the MAJOR problems with this current administration. Just because the president tweets something there is a well established process that starts with appropriate documentation to verify it is his direction. THEN it must be cleared through various legal channels to insure what he wants is legal and does not require a sign off by the Congress and Senate. It's commonly known as the "rule of law", something that Mr. Trump ignores and avoids at every turn. It's sad because many of the things he wants he could easily get but by taking these shortcuts he dooms himself.
Of course the other problem is so many agencies willing to jump to follow any tweet without sticking to their process, thus creating a worse situation and further humiliation for themselves and their leadership.
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Let's hope that China allows detained Canadians Spavor and Kovrig to return home; so that then the end of the ban can happen.


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"Commerce department still treats Huawei as blacklisted, despite what Trump said"

The Commerce Dept still hold on to the old order because they know Trump could change its mind in a second, accusing China of new unfair trade! By now, he has well established himself on that category!