WASHINGTON — The acting budget chief for the White House has called for a two-year delay of part of a federal measure that is aimed at Huawei Technologies, the Chinese telecom giant.
The measure targeting Huawei was included in the National Defense Authorization Act for the current fiscal year and bars government agencies from contracting with Huawei or with companies that use its equipment.
这项针对华为的法令列入了本财年的《国防授权法案》（National Defense Authorization Act）中，它禁止政府机构与华为或使用华为设备的公司签订合同。
Russell T. Vought, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, said enacting the ban within one year, as planned, would cause too much burden for American companies. He also sought to delay a rule prohibiting federal grant and loan recipients from using Huawei equipment, an action that particularly hits rural telecommunications providers.
白宫管理及预算办公室（Office of Management and Budget）代理主任拉塞尔·T·沃特（Russell T. Vought）称，如果按计划在一年内颁布这项禁令，会给美国公司带来过于沉重的负担。他还寻求推迟一项禁止联邦拨款和贷款接受者使用华为设备的规定，此举对农村电信供应商的打击尤为严重。
“This is about ensuring that companies who do business with the U.S. government or receive federal grants and loans have time to extricate themselves from doing business with Huawei and other Chinese tech companies” that are covered by the law, said Jacob Wood, a spokesman for the budget office.
American companies have lobbied against the Trump administration’s multiple actions against Huawei. The company, which is based in Shenzhen and is the world’s largest telecommunications provider, is in the cross hairs of the White House’s economic and trade battles against China.
Huawei builds wireless networks and supplies handsets to 170 nations and is viewed widely by the Trump administration as a threat to the United States’ technology leadership and to national security.
Huawei has denied that its technology is used for surveillance. In recent weeks, the Chinese government has fought back, warning American tech companies of dire consequences if they comply with the United States’ ban.
But since the actions, the tech sector has complained that it is unrealistic to fully ban companies from doing business with Huawei because the telecommunications supply chain is intertwined with equipment from companies in multiple nations.
“While the administration recognizes the importance of these prohibitions to national security, a number of agencies have heard significant concerns from a wide range of potentially impacted stakeholders who would be affected,” Mr. Vought wrote in a letter last week to Vice President Mike Pence and several members of Congress. The Wall Street Journal first reported on the letter.
“虽然政府认识到这些禁令对国家安全的重要性，但许多机构已经听到了不少可能受到影响的利益相关者的严重关切，”沃特在上周给副总统麦克迈克·彭斯（Mike Pence）和几名国会议员的信中写道。《华尔街日报》（Wall Street Journal）首先报道了这封信。
Mr. Vought asked in the letter to delay the order for two years, allowing companies that sell parts to Huawei and companies that rely on government grants to respond with comments. If the delay is approved, the ban would take effect in three years.
The request applies to just one piece of the administration’s battle against Huawei. But if approved by Congress, it would be a relief to the telecom giant.
Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Last year, the Trump administration also issued an order that bans federal agencies from directly purchasing from Huawei and other Chinese companies. Last month, the Commerce Department put Huawei on a blacklist that prohibits American companies from selling equipment to Huawei. The move was a major blow to Huawei, which relies on chips, software and other equipment from the United States.
The president and American authorities have sounded alarm over a national security threat posed by Huawei. Administration officials have accused the company of using its networks and equipment for surveillance and to steal valuable trade secrets.
“This will prevent American technology from being used by foreign-owned entities in ways that potentially undermine U.S. national security or foreign policy interests,” the secretary of commerce, Wilbur Ross, said last month when announcing that Huawei was on the blacklist.