Pentagon: No More Sales of Huawei, ZTE Phones at Military Bases

Pentagon bans sale of Huawei and ZTE phones on US military bases

The Defense Department is ordering retail stores on military bases to stop selling products made by Chinese telecom firms Huawei and ZTE, citing security concerns.

The Pentagon said in a statement that the order to halt the sale of Huawei and ZTE phones and remove them from the military exchanges was given on last Friday.

The senator added he had introduced legislation, along with other senators, which says that "the US government can't use Huawei or ZTE and the USA government can't use companies that use them".

"Huawei and ZTE devices may pose".

The ban is based on the potential security threat the Pentagon believes the phones may pose. "Given the security concerns associated with these devices, as expressed by senior USA intelligence officials, it was not prudent for the Department's exchange services to continue selling these products to our personnel". So far, ZTE has not issued a comment.

The US government's concerns over both Chinese smartphone makers go back years and are underscored by similar worries in other countries.

The government's latest crackdown on Huawei and ZTE isn't as severe as it could be.

A coalition of top United States officials, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, heads to Beijing this week for talks with Chinese officials on trade. The FBI is just one of the five intelligence agencies that testified before a Senate panel in February about the risks of using Huawei or ZTE products.

ZTE called the move "extremely unfair". The Pentagon spokesperson did state that the Pentagon is now looking into sending out a military-wide warning about using phones manufactured by either Chinese company.

The U.S. government is convinced that Huawei and ZTE have ties to the Chinese government, and through their devices the pair spy on American consumers and corporations.

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