Sen. Ted Cruz blocked the Senate vote on the nomination of President Biden’s Commerce Secretary nominee Gina Raimondo, over concerns about Chinese company, Huawei.
“I’ll lift the hold when the Biden admin commits to keep the massive Chinese Communist Party spy operation Huawei on the Entity List,” Cruz tweeted on Thursday.
The Trump administration placed Huawei on an “entity list” essentially blacklisted one of the largest 5G equipment manufacturers in the world, over concerns that it posed an espionage threat due to ties to the Chinese government, The Hill reports.
During her confirmation hearing Raimondo made no commitments about keeping the company on the ‘entity list”. But she vowed to “review the policy, consult with you [senators], consult with industry, consult with our allies, and make an assessment as to what’s best for American national and economic security.”
She later told members of the Senate Commerce Committee that she had “no reason to believe that entities on those lists should not be there.”