Sen. Ted Cruz has delayed the Senate vote to appoint Gina Raimondo as the subsequent Commerce secretary following her refusal to decide to holding Chinese language telecom firm Huawei Applied sciences on an financial blacklist.
Cruz confirmed on Twitter that he positioned the maintain on Thursday.
“I’ll carry the maintain when the Biden admin commits to maintain the large Chinese language Communist Social gathering spy operation Huawei on the Entity Checklist,” he wrote.
Cruz was amongst three Senate Republicans who voted in opposition to Raimondo’s approval in a Wednesday Senate Commerce Committee vote.
Raimondo, nonetheless, superior via the committee in a 21-3 vote.
The Rhode Island Governor has come below hearth from Republicans not taking a agency stance in opposition to Huawei at her Jan. 26 affirmation listening to.
Huawei was amongst dozens of Chinese language firms added to a commerce blacklist below the Trump administration.
Earlier than leaving workplace, Trump added Huawei to the record due to spying considerations.
Other than refusing to commit on Huawei, Raimondo, at her affirmation listening to, vowed to guard American telecommunications networks from Chinese language firms.
In written responses to questions, Raimondo stated she had “no cause to consider” that Chinese language firms listed shouldn’t be there.
“We shouldn’t have any illusions about China’s aims, which I consider are to undercut America’s longstanding technological benefit and to displace America as the worldwide chief in cutting-edge analysis and improvement and the industries of the long run,” she stated.
“The nationwide safety and financial penalties of permitting that to occur are merely unacceptable.”
With Submit wires