Italian politicians push for Huawei 5G ban after Pompeo warning

They want Italy's Parliament to use its "golden powers" to block the Chinese company, according to a report.

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Huawei may face a ban in Italy.

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Politicians in Italy want Huawei banned from supplying equipment for the country's 5G rollout, a report said Friday.

Lega party lawmakers intend to call on Italy's Parliament to use its "golden powers" of industrial veto to block the Chinese telecom company, according to Reuters, which cited Il Messaggero newspaper. Huawei currently sells equipment to Italian telecoms.

This follows US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's warning Thursday. Pompeo said the US won't partner with countries that adopt Huawei's tech due to the security risks it represents. Huawei has long been accused of sharing information with the Chinese government.

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei denied those accusations this week and expressed his hope that the company could bring its equipment to the US.

The company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.