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GOP Senators Question Google Over Smart Speaker Collaboration With Huawei

Three Republican senators have sent a letter to Google asking questions about the tech giant’s work with China’s Huawei on a smart speaker, citing a recent report by The Information. The senators asked if Google was “putting profits before country.” 

The letter, from Marco Rubio, Josh Hawley and Tom Cotton, came in response to The Information’s article last week revealing the two companies’ collaboration on a Huawei-branded smart speaker powered by Google Assistant. The project was suspended in May, when President Donald Trump restricted Huawei’s access to U.S. technology suppliers including Google due to national security concerns. Before the ban, Huawei had been planning to unveil the new speaker at the IFA Berlin tech trade show this September.

In the letter, the senators reiterated their long-held view that Huawei poses a threat to U.S. security. In one of the questions for Google, they asked: “What consideration, if any, did you give to the national security risk posed by Huawei before agreeing to work with them on this sensitive project?”

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