Miami, FL — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released a statement demanding answers from the Biden Administration about reports that it approved license applications for Huawei to buy semiconductors for its automotive parts business. Because Huawei is on the Entity List, the deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars required explicit approval from the Department of Commerce.
“If true, this is yet another example of President Biden’s failure to protect America’s economic and national security,” Rubio said. “Huawei is an arm of the Chinese Communist Party. Founded by a former military official, the company has a long history of alleged intellectual property theft and exporting Beijing’s digital authoritarianism, including testing tools to surveil and police Uyghurs.”
“The Biden Administration cannot be allowed to hide this approval from the public,” Rubio continued. “Officials need to come forward with what actions they took and why. It is not in America’s economic or security interests to help Huawei. Instead of granting waivers, the Biden Administration should be increasing penalties and restrictions on Huawei and other Chinese tech companies.”