President Donald Trump sent a pair of bizarre tweets Thursday morning mentioning a "6G" wireless network and seemingly hinting that he could take a softer stance on Chinese telecom company Huawei.
The tweets rang as odd because 6G technology doesn't exist. U.S. telecom companies are barely on the cusp of 5G wireless networks, and they're facing stiff competition to build it before Chinese companies.
"I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible. It is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard. American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind. There is no reason that we should be lagging behind on something that is so obviously the future," Trump said in the first of two tweets.
He added: "I want the United States to win through competition, not by blocking out currently more advanced technologies. We must always be the leader in everything we do, especially when it comes to the very exciting world of technology!"
Trump doesn't name China or Huawei, but that's likely what he's referencing. Chinese companies are at the forefront of 5G technology, and the Trump administration resumed trade talks with Chinese negotiators Thursday. Both nations face a March 1 deadline to reach a deal, although Trump has indicated he could back off of it.