Trump's Trade Hypocrisy: Huawei is and isn't a Security Threat

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Trump now offers Huawei as part of a trade deal. Excuse me for asking but is Huawei a security threat or not?

The BBC reports Trump says Huawei Could be Part of Trade Deal.

Washington has also targeted Huawei by putting the firm on a trade blacklist. The US argues Huawei poses a national security risk, while Beijing accuses the US of "bullying" the company.

"Huawei is something that is very dangerous," Mr Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday. "You look at what they've done from a security standpoint, a military standpoint. Very dangerous."

But Mr Trump has said it is "possible" that the company could be part of any trade agreement with Beijing. "If we made a deal, I could imagine Huawei being possibly included in some form or some part of it," he said.

On May 15 I reported Trump Issues Executive Order Banning Chinese 5G Leader Huawei's Technology.

Curiously, Huawei was not a matter of urgent national security before the trade talks collapsed.

Yes or No?

  1. If Huawei is a genuine security threat, it should be no part of a trade deal.
  2. If Huawei isn't a threat, then banning Huawei was more Trump bullsheet that also caused severe collateral damage on allies such as Germany and the UK.

My vote all along was number 2. I believe it's confirmed.

The alternate view is that Trump is willing to trade US security for a trade deal

Farm Aid

As a result of his disastrous trade policies, the Trump Administration Rolls Out $16 Billion Farm-Aid Program.

At a White House event with farmers, Mr. Trump said a deal with China was a “good possibility” but declined to give details. He said the U.S. campaign against Huawei could be up for negotiation, while also calling the telecom giant a “very dangerous” threat to national security.

Mr. Trump’s statement that Huawei could be a factor in a trade deal echoed similar comments made last year when he indicated that U.S. sanctions against telecom giant ZTE Corp. could be eased as part of negotiations with China.

“What would help my farm even more was if we had an endgame for the trade war,” said Sen. Jon Tester (D., Mont) whose farm produces wheat and other crops. “This is a problem that was created by the president, and now the U.S. taxpayer is going to fork out $16 billion to try to make things OK.”

What Likely Happened?

Trump is caving in already.

All it took was for China to stand up to Trump coupled with a minor stock market move lower.

USMCA

On May 17, the Trump administration struck a deal with Canada and Mexico, in which the U.S. agreed to drop the steel and aluminum tariffs imposed on those countries a year ago. In exchange, Canada and Mexico dropped their retaliatory tariffs on about $15 billion of U.S. goods, which had fallen heavily on agriculture.

Steps in Achieving a Great Victory

  1. Place tariffs
  2. Get a country to retaliate
  3. Negotiate an end of both sets of tariffs
  4. Declare victory

Expect nothing less this time.

It will be another great Trump trade success victory to obtain the status quo.

Meanwhile, please note the Real Reason Trump Wants to Ban Huawei: The US Wants to Spy and China Won't Cooperate.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (34)
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Realist
Realist

You're right Mish. Trump is a joke. The bigger joke are the people who are stupid enough to believe the nonsense he is peddling.

Aaaal
Aaaal

This buffoon does nothing but push buttons, pull levers, type some random thoughts on twitter and thinks he is accomplishing something great. Homer Simpson working at the reactor is what comes to mind.

DeeMiddy
DeeMiddy

Mish, You are very misinformed. The WSJ reported that the DOJ had an ongoing investigation of Huawei in April 2018 and some reports place the origin to 2016. Meng was arrested in Canada in December of 2018 for extradition to the US for warrants that were outstanding for a long time. No matter who the president is the 5g battle and the nextgen chip manufacturer tech would be an issue. Trump has upped the ante and brought it public. This is all about the future of AI. AI is being weaponized and the faster the chip processing the better the AI. China makes the chips but uses US equipment to make them. China can not replicate the chip equipment and this is our edge. But they are countering that by putting back doors in chips. Those are separate battles to be fought. Huawei is about 5g and the future of that technology and their ability to control the traffic flow on that network frequency. All have massive consequences. If you want to argue about if the President should do all of this behind close doors or out in the open that is a fine discussion. But debating the threat is non-sensical or just a blind view.

Mike Deadmonton
Mike Deadmonton

Comrades, our dear leader needs your support, not criticism. He is a stable genius who is learning quickly and becoming better every day. In fact, his intellectual capacity and willingness to work with others to get the job done makes him a perfect candidate for lifetime leader. Hail victory, hail Trump!

AWC
AWC

This reminds more each day of the movie “Being There,” but Peter Sellers portrayed a much more believable character. At least Mr. Gardner knew his stuff. ;-)

Curious-Cat
Curious-Cat

We shouldn't be so hard on the President. He is under tremendous personal and political stress. In fact a lesser man might have already cracked from the stress and have bugun to act irrationally. Oh, wait...

Sechel
Sechel

You're expecting rationality from Donald Trump. You've already lost. His arguments are spurious.

Sechel
Sechel

Should we be kind and suggest Huawei being in a deal means they would have to reform? I know I'm being generous here.

Augustthegreat
Augustthegreat

If you have not forgotten Snowden, then you why Trumptler wants to kill Huawei

Kenautical
Kenautical

China is a country that does treats it's people like this - Watch Video.

Are you suggesting that a company backed by a government that treats it's people like this should be the one building our telecommunications network? Are you serious?

Kenautical
Kenautical

Watch Iran Members of Parliament chanting death to America. They also were at it again last month April 2019.

Huawei chose to help our enemy, an evil regime that chants death to America in their parliament, escape US sanctions.

Are you serious when you suggest that Huawei is not a threat to National security?

Sechel
Sechel

Trump declares fake national emergencies to take any action he wants. He's about using any tools he has available. Legitimacy or the truth hardly matters.