Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Trump gets push back on talk of helping China's ZTE

Trump gets push back on talk of helping China's ZTE

The Commerce Department in April found ZTE had violated a 2017 settlement created after the company violated sanctions on Iran and North Korea, and banned USA companies from providing exports to ZTE for seven years.

But an unexpected twist happened over the weekend when Trump said on Twitter that he is going to help get ZTE back to business.

"Your recent remarks directing (Commerce) Secretary (Wilbur) Ross to help ZTE, a Chinese company that has repeatedly sold sensitive USA technologies to Iran and North Korea in clear violation of American sanctions laws, call into grave doubt whether this administration will put American jobs and national security first", the senators said in a letter to Trump.

"Offering to trade American sanctions enforcement to promote jobs in China is plainly a bad deal for American workers and for the security of all Americans", the senators wrote in a letter to Trump.

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) on President Trump's trade negotiations with China over phone-maker ZTE. "That's an area where we will be exploring very, very promptly".

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"They are basically conducting an all-out assault to steal what we've already developed and use it as the baseline for their development so they can supplant us as the leader in the most important technologies of the 21st century", said Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, at a hearing on Asia policy.

"No one should feel sorry for ZTE". Senate net neutrality vote coming Wednesday Overnight Health Care - Sponsored by PCMA - New details on Trump's drug pricing plan Dems demand details on Cohen payments, citing potential corruption MORE (D-Ore.) and Banking Housing and Urban Affairs Committee ranking member Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownDems must beware impeaching Trump if the blue wave prevails These three Democrats are no sure thing in November Senate Dems tell Mulvaney to turn over calendar after comments about lobbyists MORE (D-Ohio), said that China's trade policies have devastating effects.

Unsurprisingly, Trump's Sunday tweet took many in his inner circle by surprise. "It is not a question to me of economics, it is a question of security", Thornberry said.

Indirectly seeking ouster of ZTE from the U.S., he said if a technology company from another country was being used by that country not just to spy on government secrets, but to steal the intellectual property of "our business, they should be out of business in the United States".

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