President Trump declared a national emergency to protect the nation’s bulk-power infrastructure that stops the purchase or use of any equipment that involves a foreign adversary in any way.

The declaration was part of an Executive Order signed on May 1 that stated the federal government had found that foreign adversaries are increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in the United States bulk-power system. Trump cited that having this equipment supplied by unfriendly nations poses an extraordinary threat to the nation’s national security.

“The bulk-power system is a target of those seeking to commit malicious acts against the United States and its people, including malicious cyber activities, because a successful attack on our bulk-power system would present significant risks to our economy, human health and safety, and would render the United States less capable of acting in defense of itself and its allies,” the order stated.

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