US president was reportedly furious about PM’s decision to use Chinese 5G expertiseDowning Street has sought to play down the significance of a difficult phone call between Donald Trump and Boris Johnson over the UK’s decision to allow Chinese company Huawei to help build its 5G network.Trump was reported by the FT to have been “apoplectic” about the decision taken by Johnson, and the phone call last week was said by one official to have been “very difficult” and tense. Continue reading...
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Mick Mulvaney is expected to demand that UK drop Huawei from 5G networksDonald Trump’s acting chief...Mick Mulvaney is expected to demand that UK drop Huawei from 5G networksDonald Trump’s acting chief of staff is set to meet Dominic Cummings in Downing Street on Wednesday, when he is expected to demand that the UK rethinks its decision to allow Huawei a role in supplying 5G technology.The critical meeting between Mick Mulvaney and Johnson’s chief aide comes amid speculation that the White House wants the UK to commit to removing the Chinese company from British mobile phone networks in three to five years’ time. Continue reading...
Boris Johnson has canceled his planned trip to the White House after Trump slammed the phone down on him in a moment of 'apoplectic' fury
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has canceled a planned trip to meet with President Donald Trump...UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has canceled a planned trip to meet with President Donald Trump next month after a furious row between the two men. Johnson had been due to visit Washington shortly after his election victory in December. The visit has been repeatedly delayed, however, amid a series of disagreements between the two leaders. Trump slammed the phone down on Johnson last month after the prime minister defied him on the issue of Huawei's involvement in the UK. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has canceled a trip to the US planned for next month after a furious phone call from President Donald Trump in which Trump slammed down the phone on the prime minister. Johnson had been due to visit Washington last month but repeatedly delayed the trip after a series of rows with the president over Iran, Huawei, and a rejected request by the prime minister to extradite the wife of a US diplomat. The disagreements culminated in a phone call last month in which Trump hung up on Johnson, according to officials with knowledge of the conversation. Johnson has now canceled his trip altogether, and is not planning on visiting the country until the G7 summit in June. A Downing Street source confirmed that the trip had been cancelled due to fears of further clashes with the president. However, Downing Street insisted on Thursday that Johnson would concentrate instead on his domestic agenda over the coming months. "When the Eye of Sauron is off the Whitehall machine, things stop working," one source told The Sun newspaper. "That is why he has stripped down all his foreign travel this year to get his agenda done." 'Britain Trump' distances himself from the president The prime minister had been one of Trump's few close international allies, with the president labeling Johnson "fantastic," a "good man," and "Britain Trump." Relations broke down in recent weeks, however, following a series of high-profile threats from Trump and a series of pointed interventions against Trump by Johnson and senior members of his government. The call last month, which one source described to the Financial Times as "very difficult," came after Johnson defied Trump and allowed the Chinese telecom company Huawei the rights to develop the UK's 5G network. Johnson backed Huawei despite multiple threats by Trump and his allies that the US would withdraw security cooperation with the UK if the deal went ahead. The US fears that Huawei's technology could have backdoors for the Chinese government. Trump's threats reportedly "irritated" the UK government, with Johnson frustrated at the president's failure to suggest any alternatives. Following the call, US Vice President Mike Pence said the Trump administration had made its disappointment with the UK "very clear to them."SEE ALSO: Trump is losing the support of the United States' closest ally after the president slammed down the phone on them during an 'apoplectic' call Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hope
Trump's repeated threats to the United States' European allies to fall into line with US policy...Trump's repeated threats to the United States' European allies to fall into line with US policy on Huawei are failing. The United Kingdom last month backed a deal with the Chinese telecoms company despite a furious call to prime minister Boris Johnson from the president. Now the German government is also preparing to rule out a ban on Huawei. Other European leaders are set to follow their lead and defy Trump after the president failed to follow-through on his threats to the UK. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In recent months Trump has issued a series of threats to European allies which were designed to force them into following his administration's ban on the Chinese telecoms company Huawei. However, the threats, which included a plan to withdraw from the US intelligence-sharing relationship with the United Kingdom, appear to have failed, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreeing a deal with Huawei anyway. Trump reportedly reacted with rage to Johnson's decision and slammed down the phone on the prime minister in a call last month. However, far from fearing a similar reaction from Trump, other European countries are now moving to take a very similar position to Johnson. This week Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats backed a positions paper which ruled out an outright ban on Huawei. Christian Democrat sources told Reuters that party leaders decided against backing an outright ban on the company because: "state actors with sufficient resources can infiltrate the network of any equipment maker." The paper added that: "the use of strong cryptography and end-to-end encryption can secure confidentiality in communication and the exchange of data." Other European leaders are also set to follow the UK's lead in backing Huawei, Politico reported last month. The development has prompted former Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich to label Trump's failure to persuade allies on Huawei as "the biggest strategic defeat for the United States since the early days of World War II." "I think people have got to wake up and understand this is a huge failure of our government bureaucracies to respond to a challenge we've seen coming," he told the BBC. Trump is failing to follow-through on his threats Germany's move towards backing Huawei comes after Trump failed to follow-through on his threats to the UK. Trump and his allies had warned the UK that the future of its intelligence-sharing relationship with the US would be at risk if it took the "momentous decision" to allow the Chinese telecoms company a role in the UK's communications infrastructure. A delegation of US government officials warned their counterparts in advance of Johnson's decision that "Donald Trump is watching closely." However, speaking at an event in London after Johnson backed Huawei, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the so-called Five Eyes relationship would remain, despite Johnson's decision to do a deal with Huawei. "That relationship is deep, it is strong, it will remain," he said, speaking alongside UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. Pompeo said that while Chinese Communist Party remained "the central threat of our time," and the deal with the UK risked handing them a "front door" to Western communications, he said that the US would find a way to make the relationship work. "I am very confident that our two nations will find a way to work together to resolve this difference," Pompeo told the event, hosted by the UK think-tank Policy Exchange.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A law professor weighs in on how Trump could beat impeachment