President Trump orders assessment of security risks of Chinese-made drones in US govt fleet

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A drone is flown for recreational purposes in the sky above Old Bethpage, New York on August 30, 2015. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order directing U.S agencies to prioritize removing Chinese-made drones from American government fleets and to assess any security risks.

Trump directed all U.S. agencies to outline security risks posed by the existing government drone fleet from drones built by Chinese companies or by other countries deemed foreign adversaries.

Last month, the U.S. Commerce Department added China’s SZ DJI Technology Co, the world’s largest drone maker, to the American government’s economic blacklist, along with dozens of other Chinese companies.

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