In a followup, he added, “I want the United States to win through competition, not by blocking out currently more advanced technologies.”
It wasn’t immediately clear what he was referring to, though his administration has offered mixed messages on keeping Chinese telecom companies like Huawei and ZTE out of the U.S. over national security concerns, despite calls to do so from Democrats and Republicans alike.
A planned executive order to ban certain Chinese gear from being used in U.S. 5G networks has been long delayed, and Trump chafed against an export ban the Commerce Department placed last year on exports from ZTE, which the company said was poised to doom its global operations. The administration subsequently struck a deal with ZTE lifting the ban.
Trump in the midst of negotiations tweeted, “President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast. Too many jobs in China lost.”
President Donald Trump today argued U.S. companies must take the lead in the global race to build next-generation wireless networks — and made a cryptic warning against blocking certain technology from being used in their development.
“I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible,” Trump tweeted. “It is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard. American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind.”