US President Donald Trump on Sunday said he did not want the United States to do business with China’s Huawei even as the administration weighs whether to extend a grace period for the company. Reuters and other media outlets reported on Friday that the US Commerce Department is expected to extend a reprieve given to Huawei Technologies that permits the Chinese firm to buy supplies from US companies so that it can service existing customers. The “temporary general license” will be extended for Huawei for 90 days, Reuters reported, citing two sources familiar with the situation. On Sunday, Trump told reporters before boarding Air Force One in New Jersey that he did not want to do business with Huawei for national security reasons. “At this moment it looks much more like we’re not going to do business,” Trump said. “I don’t want to do business at all because it is a national security threat and I really believe that the media has covered it a little bit differently than that.” He said there were small parts of Huawei’s business that could be exempted from a broader ban, but that it would be “very complicated.” He did not say whether his administration would extend the “temporary general licence.” Speaking earlier on Sunday, National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said the Commerce department would extend the Huawei licensing process for three months as a gesture of “good faith” amid broader trade negotiations with China. “We’re giving a break to our own companies for three months,” Kudlow said on NBC’s “Meet the Press”. Huawei denies helping Uganda and Zambia spy on political opponents Meanwhile, Huawei plans to triple its research and development staff in Russia within the next six years, according to a news report from Russian state media outlet Sputnik. The Chinese tech giant, the world’s largest maker of networking equipment, is expected to hire about 500 new staff by the end of the year and 1,000 more after that. For more insights into China tech, join our Facebook group , subscribe to our Inside China Tech podcast , and download the comprehensive 2019 China Internet Report . Also roam China Tech City , an interactive digital map at our sister site Abacus.