Democratic Lobbyist Tony Podesta Hired by Huawei for Swaying Biden Administration

July 23, 2021

Chinese tech giant Huawei has failed to gain a foothold in the American market after being condemned by former president Trump. In 2018, the company’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada, and she is currently in court fighting extradition to the United States. In February 2020, the Department of Justice (DOJ) charged Huawei with violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. According to Politico, the DOJ alleged that Huawei “helped Iran’s authoritarian government build out its domestic surveillance capabilities and tried to secretly do business in North Korea.”  

The company has enlisted the help of many Americans familiar with the political landscape in DC to win over the Biden administration. Tony Podesta is one of them. He not only knows the ins and outs of lobbying in Washington but is also a longtime friend of President Biden himself. Podesta’s hiring at Huawei will not be his first time working with a Chinese company. As Politico reports, the Podesta Group also represented the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), which has links to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). 

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