US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned European allies that if they continue using any equipment manufactured by Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant accused of fraud and espionage, they will face negative consequences from the United States.
Speaking at official meetings in Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland, Pompeo “made known the risks” facing European governments that fail to follow Washington’s advice.
Pompeo’s warning appears to have paid off. French telecom company Orange has announced it will no longer procure Huawei equipment to develop France’s first 5G network.
The report cherry-picks quotes from Mike Pompeo's remarks during his Eastern Europe trip on February 11th-12th 2019, serving the common pro-Kremlin narrative that the US exerts excessive influence on Europe's regional and domestic politics (see previous disinformation cases about Washington's iron grip on Germany's security policy, the UK central bank, and the European Parliament).
In his remarks, Pompeo never uses the word "consequences" in relation to EU countries' continued use of Huawei products. In each of his three speeches, Pompeo only cites "risks" potentially faced by private citizens, and moreover never implies a cooling of relations between EU Member States and the US. He merely acknowledges that the US will not place its equipment anywhere that might involve a security risk from the proximity of Chinese technology. See Pompeo's speech in Hungary on February 11th 2019 and his speeches in Poland and Slovakia on February 12th 2019.