Duncan Hunter
Duncan Hunter speaks in the House floor. Image via video.

Rep. Duncan Hunter on Tuesday took credit for initiating a national security review of a possible takeover of Qualcomm by Singapore-based Broadcom.

He cited multiple news reports that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is reviewing the proposed $100 billion-plus hostile takeover attempt.

“Reports that CFIUS has begun a review of Broadcom’s proposed takeover of Qualcomm demonstrates that the Trump Administration is taking the national security concerns I raised in my recent letter seriously,” said Hunter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

“Qualcomm has critical intellectual property that is important to communication capability and it must be protected. In previous mergers, Broadcom has a clear history of initiating layoffs and the economic ramifications for San Diego could be devastating; we must protect these jobs and national security.”

Hunter send the letter to Trump last week. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas also expressed concerns with the possible takeover and sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin urging CFIUS to expedite and complete its review prior to Qulacomm’s shareholders meeting next week.

“The scheduled shareholding meeting on March 6 is critical,” said Hunter. “If Broadcom forces a vote, it could potentially take control of Qualcomm’s governing board. The time to act is now and it is imperative that CIFUS move quickly.”

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.