Trump takes credit for UK’s Huawei ban but Britain denies it

President Donald Trump speaks during a news briefing at the White House in Washington. (AP pic)

LONDON: US President Donald Trump said that he was responsible for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to ban Huawei from Britain’s 5G network from the end of 2027.

On Tuesday, Johnson ordered Huawei equipment to be purged completely from Britain’s 5G network by the end of 2027, risking the ire of China by signalling that the world’s biggest telecoms equipment maker is not welcome in the West.

“We convinced many countries, many countries, I did this myself, for the most part, not to use Huawei, because we think it is an unsafe security risk, it’s a big security risk,” Trump said, before referring to the UK ban.

A senior British minister on Wednesday denied that US President Donald Trump was responsible for Britain’s 5G ban on Huawei, saying the decision was a considered one despite attempts by some individuals to claim credit.

Britain announced on Tuesday it would purge Huawei equipment from 5G by the end of 2027.

Asked about Trump’s remark, British Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News: “Well, we all know Donald Trump don’t we.”

“All sorts of people can try to claim credit for the decision but this was based on a technical assessment by the National Cyber Security Centre about how we could have the highest quality 5G systems in the future,” he said.