US President Donald Trump has said US firms can continue selling to Huawei, apparently contradicting a Commerce Department trade blacklist on the Chinese tech firm. Trump told a press conference at the G20 summit in Japan that “We’re allowing them to sell.” Trump said Huawei would likely come up during renewed trade talks with Chinese president Xi Jinping, but refused to say that the firm was off the blacklist. His remarks appeared to be a concession to China, after the two countries agreed on Friday to a trade-war truce on the sidelines of the summit.
The US Commerce Department blacklisted Huawei last month, meaning US firms are not permitted to sell to the Chinese firm without a licence, although many firms have worked around the block. Trump’s remarks come as he and Xi Jinping agreed a trade war truce while at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan on Friday.
Trump’s remarks apparently contradict the Commerce Department ban, and he refused to confirm that Huawei would be formally removed from the blacklist. He said Huawei would come up as a subject right at the end of renewed trade talks with China. He said Huawei would come up as a subject right at the end of renewed trade talks with China.