Pompeo: Nations should rethink use of China's Huawei amid coronavirus

'And when Huawei comes knocking to sell them equipment and hardware, that they will have a different prism through which to view that decision.'

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said China's role in the global coronavirus pandemic is likely to force countries to rethink their telecommunications infrastructure, including the adoption of China-based Huawei's 5G networks.

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Asked about use of Huawei and 5G, Pompeo told Fox Business Network in an interview: "I am very confident that this moment -- this moment where the Chinese Communist Party failed to be transparent and open and handle data in an appropriate way -- will cause many, many countries rethink what they were doing with respect to their telecom architecture."

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"And when Huawei comes knocking to sell them equipment and hardware, that they will have a different prism through which to view that decision."

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Toby Chopra)