US Government Employees and Contractors Banned From Using Huawei and ZTE Devices

President Trump Signs Defense Spending Bill

Some commentators have been critical of the bill for lifting an earlier ban on China's telecommunications company ZTE after the company allegedly shipped products to Iran and North Korea illegally. Mattis argued that blocking Turkey's access to the most sophisticated stealth aircraft ever would cause a disruption in the USA military's supply chain in the Middle East.

This is the first time the defense authorization bill has been enacted before the start of the fiscal year since the fiscal 1997 measure was signed into law on September 23, 1996 by President Bill Clinton.

"But maybe he wants to", Trump said, taunting, "Please do it".

The president studiously avoided reading the official name of the legislation - which would have meant mentioning McCain - during the 28-minute speech or during the signing ceremony afterward. Despite the Fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill being named after the senior Arizona senator and Armed Services Committee chairman, and who is fighting cancer back in the Grand Canyon State, the president made no mention of McCain.

A new act signed by US President Donald Trump leaves the technologies of Huawei and ZTE largely banned from use by the US government and government contractors.

This caps off months of will-they-won't-they from Republicans, many of whom view the two major Chinese telecoms as national security threats.

Other Chinese tech companies singled out in the bill include a number of video surveillance manufacturers such as Hytera Communications Corporation, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Company, and Dahua Technology Company.

Although it's not an outright ban, it will severely limit the scope Huawei and ZTE have for sales within the US. That measure was seen as targeting China.

In July, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wrote the Senate recommending that it not remove Turkey from the F-35 program in which it has participated since 1999.

Before his speech, Trump stood on the tarmac at the airfield to watch a previously unannounced air assault exercise with 10th Mountain Division Combat Aviation Brigade soldiers and Black Hawk helicopters.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in a letter to the Senate on July 7, opposed Turkey's removal from the programme, saying it could cause a disruption in a supply chain for the United States military and its partners while increasing other programme costs.

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