It’s been a year since Huawei was vetoed by the Trump administration from doing business with U.S. companies, a veto that we will all remember as the ban on Huawei launching Android phones and Google services.
This veto was made by declaring a state of national emergency. The executive, led by Trump, has extended the national emergency for another year, preventing Huawei from using Google’s Android until May 15, 2021, a move that complicates the situation for a Huawei that is having it increasingly difficult.
Trump extends national state of emergency for another year
On May 15, 2019, by Executive Order 13873, I declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States posed by the unrestricted acquisition and use of certain information and communications technology and services transactions.
The unrestricted acquisition or use in the United States of information and communications technology or services designed, developed, manufactured, or supplied by persons owned by, controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of foreign adversaries augments the ability of these foreign adversaries to create and exploit vulnerabilities in information and communications technology or services, with potentially catastrophic effects. This threat continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. For this reason, the national emergency declared on May 15, 2019, must continue in effect beyond May 15, 2020. Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13873 with respect to securing the information and communications technology and services supply chain.
This is the Donald Trump declaration to extend, for one more year, the state of national emergency in which the government is able to prevent any trade agreement between U.S. companies and Huawei. This order is the reason why, among other things, Huawei cannot sell devices with Google services that have been introduced after May 15, 2019. After extending this order for another year, Huawei will continue to be banned until at least 15 May 2021 from selling new devices with Google Play services.