US Ambassador to Germany Richard A. Grenell wrote to the country's economics minister Friday -- the first time the Trump administration has directly warned an ally about working with the Chinese telecom, according to The Wall Street Journal.
An unnamed State Department official told the paper that the US won't cut Germany out of its intelligence sharing network altogether, but it wouldn't be able to share with the same transparency for fear of the information reaching China.
Europe's security agencies relied heavily on US intelligence to stop terrorist attacks, the Journal noted.
In recent weeks, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made sued the US government over its ban on the company's equipment.about Huawei equipment, which Washington says is used to (an allegation the company ). Last week, Huawei
Last week, Germany said it didn't want to ban Huawei from building its 5G network, noting that it'd tighten security around all vendors instead, Reuters reported.
Neither the US State Department nor Huawei immediately responded to requests for comment, while Germany's economics minister declined comment.
First published at 5:55 a.m. PT.
Updated at 7:08 a.m. PT: Notes that German economics minister declined comment.