Donald Trump slams Huawei for hiring former Obama cyber security official

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 15, 2019, 11.20 AM (IST)

US president Donald Trump on Monday lashed out at China's government-linked telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies for hiring a former Obama administration cybersecurity official as a lobbyist.

Huawei Technologies has hired Samir Jain, former senior director for cybersecurity policy at the White House National Security Council, he has now registered as a lobbyist for Shenzhen-based Huawei. 

'Chinese Telecom Giant Huawei hires former Obama Cyber Security Official as a lobbyist. This is not good, or acceptable!' Trump wrote in a tweet.

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According to reports, Jain worked at the White House from 2016 to 2017 and before that was an associate deputy attorney general from 2014 to 2015, where he worked on national security and computer fraud issues.

At the White House, Jain led a team responsible for cyber incident response and was chairman of an interagency group that reviewed proposed cyber operations by the US government. He also worked on international issues, such as a campaign to win support for U.S.-proposed international cyber norms.

While at the Justice Department, Jain also took part in international negotiations "such as China's agreement not to engage in cyber-enabled intellectual property theft for commercial gain," his bio states.

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Jain worked at the White House from 2016 to 2017 and before that was an associate deputy attorney general from 2014 to 2015, where he worked on national security and computer fraud issues.