President Donald Trump indirectly targeted China’s Huawei Technologies with a presidential order signed last week blocking telecommunications companies linked to foreign adversaries from selling equipment to U.S. firms.
However, a more significant new policy was imposed by the Commerce Department, which added Huawei to a list of foreign companies hit with tough export controls that prevent American technology companies from selling goods to Huawei, which has been identified by U.S. intelligence as linked to the Chinese military and intelligence services.
“While the presidential order is important to signaling allies how serious the threat is, the real punch is putting Huawei on the entities list,” said retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Rob Spalding, a former Trump White House official involved in telecommunications policy.