Inhofe Statement on New Rule Prohibiting Federal Work with Contractors Using Equipment from Certain Chinese Companies

Today, after President Donald Trump’s administration posted a new rule prohibiting federal work with contractors who use certain equipment from five companies in the People’s Republic of China, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement:

“I applaud President Trump and his administration for taking necessary steps to protect American families and businesses. These companies, like Huawei and ZTE, pose a very real security threat to our telecommunications networks because of their close relationship with the Chinese Communist Party regime. Contractors who use prohibited equipment from these companies risk of the privacy and security of American citizens and should not being doing business with the federal government.”

Background: The John McCain National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2019 prohibited the federal government from purchasing certain telecommunications equipment, video surveillance equipment and services from five named companies in the People’s Republic of China, including Huawei.