US threatens to limit intelligence sharing with UK over their plans for Huawei

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US threatens to limit intelligence sharing with UK over their plans for HuaweiBritain’s Prince Charles, centre left and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, second left are greeted by US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, outside Winfield House, the residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America to the UK, in Regent’s Park, for the Return Dinner as part of his state visit to the UK, in London, Tuesday June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

U.S. President Donald Trump has confirmed news reports he was threatening to limit intelligence sharing with the United Kingdom over its plans for Huawei.

The admission came on the second day of a state visit to the U.K. by the American leader. CGTN’S Richard Bestic reports.

Prime Minister Theresa May and Britain’s National Security Council had agreed Huawei could build parts of Britain’s 5G network, with the go-ahead from Parliament.

U.S. President Trump conceded that he had talked about rewriting core elements of the intelligence relationship between the two countries over the issue.

“We’re going to have absolutely an agreement on Huawei and everything else. We have an incredible intelligence relationship and we will be able to work out any differences. We did discuss it. I see absolutely no limitations,” said US President Donald Trump.

“We’ve never had limitations. This is a truly great ally and partner and we’ll have no problem with it,” he said.

Following the two days of intense politics and pageantry in Britain, the president’s words have indicated pressure over Huawei.

The apparent concessions came against a brightly-colored backdrop of thousands of protesters on the streets.

London’s headquarter of Metropolitan Police Service Scotland Yard said more than three thousand police officers had been deployed to keep the president safe.

President Trump is now heading to Portsmouth, where it is the home of the British Royal Navy to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the biggest military operation in world history.

As the U.S. president prepares to leave these shores, he’ll be joining members of the Royal Family, senior politicians and hundreds of D-Day veterans to remember those thousands of young men who sacrificed their lives, ultimately to bring to an end Hitler’s domination of mainland Europe.