July 21, 2020 / 3:01 PM / 20 days ago

Pompeo congratulates Britain on decision to drop Huawei

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during the meeting with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (not pictured), at Lancaster House in London, Britain July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulated Britain on its decision to strip out Chinese telecoms firm Huawei from its telecommunications network.

“I think the United Kingdom made a good decision,” he said, speaking to reporters in London on Tuesday.

Pompeo added: “We don’t have an end state that we seek from Huawei. We have an instinct for the people in the United States, which is to make sure that ... the private data that belongs to Americans doesn’t end up in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; writing by William James; editing by Stephen Addison

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