The Democratic National Committee (DNC) warned Democratic candidates who intend to run in the midterm elections in November against using devices of Chinese companies ZTE and Huawei, Reuters reported citing sources in the party.
Officials in the administration of President Donald Trump believe that the devices of these companies can be used for espionage. Earlier, the White House forced AT&T to pull out from a deal with Huawei to sell its smartphones in the US.
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, said in March that he shared US lawmakers’ concerns about possible espionage by Huawei.
The US Department of Defense has already banned the sale of mobile phones and modems produced by Huawei and ZTE in stores at US military bases, citing potential security threats.
Back in February, it was reported that the heads of the CIA, the FBI, the NSA and a number of other US intelligence agencies do not recommend buying Huawei and ZTE equipment amid because of the risk of espionage.