The Trump administration is extending a reprieve for Huawei Technologies and U.S. companies working with the telecom giant by 90 days, the Commerce Department announced Monday.

The decision permits Huawei to continue buying products from American companies to support its existing customers. It was made, in part, to minimize disruption in parts of rural America that rely on relatively inexpensive Huawei equipment to carry wireless service in remote areas, Commerce officials said.

“It is another 90 days for the U.S. telecom companies,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Fox Business Network. “Some of the rural companies are dependent on Huawei. So we’re giving them a little more time to wean themselves off.”

At the same time, the Trump administration is continuing to apply pressure to Huawei. Forty-six Huawei subsidiaries are being added to what is known as the Commerce Department’s “Entity List,” a kind of blacklist that bans U.S. companies from doing business because of national security concerns, Commerce officials said Monday.

“The Department concluded that the company is engaged in activities that are contrary to U.S. national security or foreign policy interests,” Commerce officials said in a statement, citing alleged federal violations including providing financial services to Iran and obstructing justice in connection with a probe into violations of U.S. sanctions.  […]