UK denies Trump influenced decision to ban China’s Huawei from 5G networks



Ryan Browne | CNBC

President Donald Trump did not directly influence the U.K. government’s decision to ban Huawei equipment from its 5G networks, a British minister said Wednesday.

“We all know Donald Trump, don’t we?” Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News. “All sorts of people can try to claim credit for the decision but this was based on a technical assessment by the National Cyber Security Centre.”

Hancock was responding to a question about Trump’s comments on the policy change. The U.S. leader said Tuesday that he was the one who had convinced countries such as Britain to block Huawei.

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