Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, spoke with CNBC this morning and stated that the concerns with Huawei are about "national security". Not long after, the President called into CNBC and spoke about a number of things, and also contradicted Mnuchin, basically saying that it's an economic issue first and national security second.
Trump stated that "I do see it as a threat. At the same time it could be very well we do something with Huawei as part of trade negotiation with China. China wants to make a deal. They want to make a deal much more than I do."
This continues on with the double-standard that Trump has been going on about, in the past few weeks. Saying that Huawei is a threat, but also stating that it could be part of a deal with China. This is different from what Secretary Mnuchin said, and it's something that The White House needs to clarify, and do it pretty soon.
As expected, this is not the first time that Trump has said something that was the opposite of what his Administration have said. Trump likes to undermine his staff members, but all it is really doing is confusing people, and it's not going to end well.
Trump signed an executive order last month, that put Huawei on the entity list. Essentially meaning that Huawei cannot do any business with any US companies. Shortly after that executive order was signed, many of Huawei's US partners also decided to cut off Huawei. This includes Microsoft, Google, Intel, Qualcomm and others. Cutting off Huawei and really killing their mobile business and reputation.
After that was all set and done, Trump then said that he could see Huawei being part of a trade deal with China, while also saying that Huawei is dangerous all in the same sentence. Showing that Huawei is really just a pawn in Trump's trade war with China. It's unfortunate for Huawei, as Trump is ruining its reputation, and there likely won't be any coming back from this. However, it is making Huawei stronger, as it won't need to rely on US partners any longer.
Since this all started playing out last month, Huawei started working harder on its own mobile operating system, and now has over 10,000 workers working on different things to relieve their reliance on US partners. Not just replacing Android, but also replacing ARM and others. Which is going to make Huawei stronger than ever, as it is going to be able to run its entire ecosystem under one roof, instead of needing to play ball with other companies.
The issue with Huawei, according to the US government, is the fact that it is tied to the Chinese government. Something that Huawei has denied repeatedly, and the US government has shown zero evidence supporting that allegation. Which makes it pretty hard to believe that the US does see Huawei as a dangerous company. It instead looks like it is using Huawei as leverage over China in this trade war.