Trump declares national emergency over IT threats

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  • US President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to protect American computer networks from foreign adversaries.
  • Trump signed an executive order which effectively bars US companies from using foreign telecoms believed to pose a security risk to the country.
  • Mr Trump does not name any company specifically in the order. However, analysts suggest it is mainly directed at Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.
  • A number of countries – including the US – have raised concerns that the company’s products could be used by China for surveillance.
  • Huawei work does not pose any threat. The US is also embroiled in an escalating trade war with China.
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