President Donald Trump on Wednesday enacted an executive order declaring a national emergency and barring US organizations from using telecommunications tools made by firms posing a national security risk .
The executive order invokes the International Emergency Economic Powers Act , which provides the president the authority to regulate commerce based on a national emergency that threatens the United States .
No countries or corporations are mentioned in the order , but the move arrives amid growing tensions between Washington and China and some of its major tech and telecoms companies .
Under the order , Trump will be able to stop foreign tech firms from trading in the U .S . , which could block Huawei’s U .S . business interests . The U .S . government has already banned Huawei phones from military bases as well as the use of some Huawei telecommunications equipment .Huawei’s chief financial officer , Meng Wanzhou , was arrested in Canada in December The U .S . is looking to get to extradite her to face charges of violating U .S . sanctions.
It could be geared toward Chinese tech giant Huawei , the world’s biggest supplier of network tools used by phone and internet companies . Huawei has long been seen as a front for spying by the Chinese military or security services but the company has denied the allegations .