PM Caught Using Banned Huawei Smartphone
After catching up with US President Donald Trump British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been caught out using a banned Huawei smartphone.
In Australia Huawei is banned from being a supplier of 5G telecommunication equipment because of security risks and in the US their smartphones have been stripped from carriers because they are seen as a security risk.
The US banned smartphone was handed to the British PM by a TV producer to take a selfie. Only hours earlier US President Donald Trump has reiterated claims that Chinese telecommunication firm Huawei was a major security risk.
Trump was speaking after attending a NATO meeting with Boris Johnson in the UK.
Following an interview on ITV’s This Morning, the Prime Minister used what appeared to be a Huawei P20 to take a selfie with presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.
The incident came in the midst of a heated debate around the company and allegations of its close links to the Chinese state – critics have argued that Huawei’s telecoms equipment could be used to spy on people in the West including Australia.
Trump is adamant about Huawei. “I do think it’s a security risk, it’s a security danger,” he said.
“And I spoke to Italy and they look like they are not going to go forward with that. I spoke to other countries that are not going to go forward. Everybody I’ve spoken to is not going to go forward,” Trump said.
Earlier Prime Minister Johnson said he would not compromise Britain’s national security over whether to give the telecoms firm a role in building the UK’s 5G network.
Speaking at the end of the NATO 70th anniversary leaders’ meeting in the UK Johnson said: “On Huawei and 5G, I don’t want this country to be unnecessarily hostile to investment from overseas.
“On the other hand, we cannot prejudice our vital national security interests, nor can we prejudice our ability to co-operate with other Five Eyes security partners, and that will be how – that will be the key criterion that informs our decision about Huawei.”