History will certainly be kinder to former President Donald Trump than modern-day mainstream media outlets. Many of Trump’s warnings and policy positions —especially on China and energy — were unabashedly blasted and outright laughed at by Democrats and members of the media.
But I repeat myself.
It’s becoming evident that one of Trump’s prognostications was right on the money: Chinese telecommunications company Huawei is installing equipment all over the country capable of intercepting highly-classified U.S. Military comms —including nuclear arsenal communications.
In fact, one of Trump’s final acts as President was to revoke certain licenses to sell to the Chinese company and reject dozens of other applications. The U.S. previously put Huawei on a Commerce Department “entity list” in May 2019, restricting suppliers from selling U.S. goods and technology to the telecom giant.
But in August of last year, Huawei received U.S. approval to buy millions in computer chips for its auto component business, a signal that the Biden Administration was starting to go soft on one of our biggest adversaries.
Boy, was that a mistake.
From Just The News:
Federal officials quietly killed the construction of a Chinese garden on one of the highest points in Washington, D.C. just two miles from the U.S. Capitol after counterintelligence agents became concerned the $100 million project was a way for China to increase its spying capabilities inside the U.S., according to a new CNN report.
The decision to cancel the garden was part of a sweeping, yearslong U.S. counterintelligence effort to investigate Chinese espionage on American soil — an effort that’s found a pattern of attempts to install Chinese-made Huawei equipment atop cell towers near U.S. military bases in the rural Midwest.
The FBI determined this equipment was capable of capturing and disrupting Defense Department communications — including those used by U.S. Strategic Command, which oversees the country’s nuclear weapons.
It doesn’t get any more serious than that. Of course, China denies anything is afoot.
“The U.S. government abuses the concept of national security and state power to go all out to suppress Huawei and other Chinese telecommunications companies without providing any solid proof that they constitute a security threat to the U.S. and other countries,” China’s embassy in Washington told Reuters.
And what did Trump say in August of 2020?
“We don’t want their equipment in the United States because they spy on us. And any country that uses it, we’re not going to do anything in terms of sharing intelligence.”