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Democrat lobbyist Tony Podesta is joining Huawei, a Chinese firm known for kowtowing to nations adversarial to the U.S. and maintaining close relations with the Chinese Communist Party, as a consultant to help the tech giant push an agenda on the Biden administration.
According to a report in Politico, Podesta will use his experience and influence in Washington to convince the White House and other U.S. policymakers to lend a listening ear to Huawei’s goals, despite the company’s track record in facilitating surveillance states. Podesta’s former company previously represented the China-United States Exchange Foundation, a CCP-linked company that tried to fund events in the U.S.
Other nations have taken a cautious approach when choosing whether to engage with Huawei. Last summer, the United Kingdom banned the telecom company from building the country’s 5G network infrastructure. Podesta, however, doesn’t seem to mind the company’s checkered past and criticisms from the Trump administration.