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Pompeo Hints at Huawei Ultimatum to Countries Buying Equipment

  • ‘Makes it more difficult’ to allow U.S. products, he says
  • U.S. secretary of state comments during visit to Hungary
Mike Pompeo
Mike PompeoPhotographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg
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Secretary of State Michael Pompeo came close to issuing an us-or-them ultimatum to nations buying from Huawei Technology Co., saying in Hungary that contracts with the Chinese networking giant could limit the availability of U.S. equipment.

“If that equipment is co-located where we have important American systems, it makes it more difficult for us to partner alongside them,” Pompeo told reporters in Budapest on Monday, when asked what message he would send about Huawei. “We want to make sure we identify the opportunities and the risks with using that equipment. And then they will get to make their decisions.”