Pentagon officials have begun the process of securing their military bases by ordering a halt to the sale of Huawei and ZTE (ZTCOY) phones on the bases.
Officials have suggested that the Chinese government could order Chinese manufacturers to hack into products they make to spy on or disable communications.
"Huawei and ZTE devices may pose an unacceptable risk to the department's personnel, information and mission," said Army Maj. Dave Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, in a statement. "In light of this information, it was not prudent for the department's exchanges to continue selling them."
Both companies have denied that that scenario would ever happen, but the U.S. government seemingly isn't buying it.
The Trump administration is reportedly considering executive action that would restrict the ability of certain Chinese companies to sell telecom equipment in the U.S. due to national security concerns, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The administration is also looking for ways to restrict more kinds of technology transfers from U.S. firms to China.