Microsoft president and chief legal official Brad Smith said Huawei is being treated in a un-American way by the US government.
In a recent interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Smith said the Chinese telecom giant should be allowed to buy US technology, including software from his company.
Such actions shouldn’t be taken without a “sound basis in fact, logic, and the rule of law,” says Smith in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, adding that Microsoft has asked U.S. regulators to explain themselves.
“Oftentimes, what we get in response is, ‘Well, if you knew what we knew, you would agree with us,’” he says. “And our answer is, ‘Great, show us what you know so we can decide for ourselves. That’s the way this country works.’” The U.S.
Microsoft is serving Windows operating system to Huawei since the launching of its laptop series but due to the US trade ban on Huawei, both companies are unable to do further deals.
Trump should know better, Smith says, citing Trump’s experience in the hotel industry. “To tell a tech company that it can sell products, but not buy an operating system or chips, is like telling a hotel company that it can open its doors, but not put beds in its hotel rooms or food in its restaurant. Either way, you put the survival of that company at risk.”
Back in May Huawei was prohibited from buying US firms technologies by the Entity-List signed by US President Donald Trump.
This not only led some business loss to Huawei but also for its business partners in the US including big firms such as Qualcomm, Microsoft, Google, Micron, and others.