After diplomacy failed to convince those pesky Europeans Huawei should be banned, the US has reportedly moved onto the tried and tested tactic for getting its way; being a bully.
It was never going to be long before the blunt hammer of political persuasion came out, and according to the Wall Street Journal, the White House is huffing, puffing and about to start swinging.
The German Government has reportedly been told to ditch Huawei kit or it will be barred from accessing US intelligence databases.
Should the reports prove to be true, this would be the first time the US has threatened allies with direct consequences for ignoring the anti-China propaganda.
That said, it should come as little surprise.
The US is a political power not used to being told no, especially with the narcissistic President Trump acting as puppet master.