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U.S. threatens to restrict intelligence sharing with Germany over Huawei

Angela Merkel looks skeptical.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration informed the German government on Friday that it would curtail intelligence-sharing if Berlin allowed Huawei to participate in building the country's 5G network, WSJ reports.

Why it matters: The U.S. has been pushing allies to bar Huawei and other Chinese vendors from building out their 5G networks over concerns that these companies would facilitate Chinese spying, though this is the first time it has delivered a formal warning.

Bipartisan senators pitch a White House tech security office

Marco Rubio and Mark Warner
Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) proposed legislation Friday to create a White House Office of Critical Technologies and Security that would advise the president and coordinate the government's response to intellectual property theft and supply chain risks.

Why it matters: Economic espionage, supply chain issues and national security are inextricably linked.