Trump was quoted as saying: “If we made a deal, I could imagine Huawei being possibly included in some form or some part of it.” However, this statement arrived alongside assertions that Huawei is a threat to the U.S.
“You look at what [Huawei has] done from a security standpoint, a military standpoint. Very dangerous,” said Trump, according to the BBC.
Last week, the U.S. added Huawei to a government blacklist preventing it from conducting business with U.S. companies without prior government approval. Trump also declared a national emergency regarding potential threats posed by foreign technology companies, believed to target Huawei.
The U.S. has suggested Huawei’s ties to its government poses a national security risk, though there is no firm evidence of wrongdoing in this regard. Huawei has also strenuously denied spying for China.
There has been a lingering question over whether Huawei poses a significant security threat to the U.S., or if the government’s actions against Huawei relate more to the broader U.S.-China trade standoff. Trump says Huawei is dangerous, but stating it could be part of a future business deal stands to weaken that claim.
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Huawei didn’t respond to request for comment in time for publication.