Trump not behind Huawei decision - Britain

Britain has denied claims by U.S. President Donald Trump that he was responsible for the country's decision to ban Huawei from its 5G network.

"We convinced many countries, many countries, and I did this myself for the most part, not to use Huawei because we think it's an unsafe security risk. It's a big security risk. I talked many countries out of using it. If they want to do business with us, they can't use it. Just today, I believe that UK announced that they're not going to be using it."

Responding early Wednesday (July 15), British Health Minister Matt Hancock said, 'We all know Donald Trump, don't we'.

He then said Britain had made a 'considered' choice despite some 'individuals' trying to take credit.

On Tuesday (July 15), British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered Huawei equipment to be removed from Britain's 5G network by 2027.

It reversed a decision earlier this year to allow the Chinese firm a limited role in building the system.

The government said Huawei was banned following cyber security assessments.

From the end of this year, operators will not be able to purchase 5G components from Huawei.

Trump might be happy, but China is not, describing Johnson's choice as 'disappointing and wrong'.

Video Transcript

- Britain has denied claims made by US President Donald Trump that he was responsible for the country's decision to ban Huawei from its 5G network.

DONALD TRUMP: We convinced many countries, many countries-- and I did this myself, for the most part-- not to use Huawei, because we think it's an unsafe security risk. It's a big security risk.

I talked many countries out of using it. If they want to do business with us, they can't use it. Just today, I believe that UK announced that they're not going to be using it.

- Responding early Wednesday, British Health Minister Matt Hancock said, "We all know Donald Trump, don't we?" He then said Britain had made a considered choice despite some individuals trying to take credit.

On Tuesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered Huawei equipment to be removed from Britain's 5G network by 2027. It reversed a decision earlier this year to allow the Chinese firm a limited role in building the system.

The government said Huawei was banned following cybersecurity assessments. From the end of this year, operators will not be able to purchase 5G components from Huawei. Trump might be happy, but China is not, describing Johnson's choice as disappointing and wrong.