Apr 4, 2019

Trump administration still backs free-market 5G approach

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Trump administration reiterated its commitment to a market-based strategy for building out U.S. 5G networks.

Why it matters: The idea of a government-driven nationalized 5G network has been floated by some as a way to protect national security and stay ahead of China in 5G deployment. Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council in the Trump administration, assured the wireless industry that the government would stay out of the way.

Speaking at a 5G summit in Washington, Kudlow said the narrative that the U.S. is trailing behind China and other countries is "just not true." CTIA, the wireless industry's trade group, says 92 5G deployments will be completed by the end of the year. "The dreaded China is zero," he said.

"It shows we should stay on the free market track... There will be a national security piece, without question, but it seems to me the way we're doing things is the right way and we'll continue that. The private sector will figure things out far better than the government sector. You're far ahead of us , you always are."
— Larry Kudlow, National Economic Council

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Nikki Haley poaches top conservative from Heritage Action

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Nikki Haley has hired Tim Chapman, the head of Heritage Action, to run her conservative policy group Stand For America, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the hire. Haley and Chapman confirmed the hire, which was first reported by RealClearPolitics' Philip Wegmann.

Why it matters: Chapman is among the most influential conservative policy leaders in the country. His hire is Haley's highest-profile outside recruitment since leaving her job as UN ambassador under President Trump.

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Trump has declared war on sanctuary cities

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Armed with subpoenas, lawsuits and immigration SWAT teams, the Trump administration has declared war on sanctuary cities.

The big picture: President Trump and his administration have used every available tool to try to crack down on local governments that refuse to hold immigrants in criminal custody, block immigration agents from working in county jails or deny federal authorities access to immigrants' records.