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
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Boris Johnson is set to reduce Huawei's role in developing UK 5g, according to multiple reports....Boris Johnson is set to reduce Huawei's role in developing UK 5g, according to multiple reports. The UK prime minister is expected to commit to eliminating Huawei's role altogether by 2023. A growing number of MPs in Johnson's Conservative party want him to scrap the current deal, which would see the Chinese telecoms firm have a 35% market share by 2023. There is anger in the Conservative party over Beijing's handling of the coronavirus outbreak. The Trump administration is also opposed the deal, citing concerns over China's threat to intelligence. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Boris Johnson is set to reduce Huawei's role in developing Britain's 5g network amid growing pressure from within his own party to scrap the current agreement with the Chinese telecoms firm. The UK prime minister riled Members of Parliament in the Conservative party when he granted Huawei a limited but significant role in developing Britain's 5g earlier this year. In March, he experienced a rebellion from Conservative MPs — and the first real challenge to his power since winning the UK's general election in December — when almost 40 voted against his government in Parliament. Johnson also angered allies in the Trump administration, with the President hanging up on Johnson in an "apoplectic" phone call. The US warned that the deal with Huawei would give China a back door into western intelligence sharing. However, the UK prime minister is expected to reduce Huawei's involvement in Britain's 5g, according to The Guardian, The Telegraph, and other outlets, by promising to bring the firm's participation in the network down to zero by the year 2023. Under the terms of the current deal, Huawei's role will be reduced to 35% by 2023. Johnson is set to revisit the deal amid fears in his government that he would almost certainly lose an upcoming House of Commons vote on the matter. The Guardian newspaper says as many as 50 Conservative MPs were prepared to rebel. Opposition to the deal with Huawei within Johnson's party has grown since the first parliamentary vote in March. Business Insider reported last month that a number of influential Conservative MPs set up a new parliamentary bloc called the "China Research Group," whose members want Johnson to look again at the Huawei deal. Tom Tugendhat MP, who chairs the group, predicted that Prime Minister Johnson would revisit the controversial agreement in light of anger in the party over China's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. "I can't see how it doesn't change that. Clearly, it's going to have implications," he told Business Insider. "It makes the Huawei position hard." The development comes amid a general hardening of feeling against China within the Conservative party, and anger over how Beijing has approached the coronavirus outbreak. The First Secretary of State Dominic Raab, who deputized for Johnson while he recovered from the coronavirus, said that the UK's relationship with China could not return to "business as usual" after the pandemic. Dame Karen Pierce, the UK's ambassador to the US, said in April there "definitely" needed to be an investigation into the origin of the COVID-19 virus. China, for its part, has accused some UK MPs of wanting a "cold war" against China. Liu Xiaoming, Beijing's ambassador to the UK, earlier this month warned that British politicians could "poison" the UK's relationship with China. "Regrettably a few politicians in the UK have been addicted to the cold war mentality to compare China to the former Soviet Union and urge a review of the China-UK relationship, and even call for a new cold war," he said. "If they go unchecked, they will poison the China-UK joint effort, and even international solidarity just as it's needed most."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
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