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.
DONALD TRUMP: No administration has been tougher on China than this administration. We imposed historic tariffs. We stood up to China's intellectual property theft at a level that nobody's ever come close. We confronted untrustworthy Chinese technology and telecom providers.
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. And I talked many countries out of using it. 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. We withdrew from the Chinese-dominated--