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Trump tweet hints at ZTE deal with China

Joe Mont | May 14, 2018

Welcome to a world where U.S. sanctions policy is defined and announced via Twitter. The latest example is President Trump signaling that he may back down from a U.S. ban on business with certain Chinese-owned technology companies.

On Sunday morning, President Trump tweeted that he and President Xi of China “are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast.”

“Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!”

What that means exactly was not immediately clear. 

The President’s message was almost instantaneously rebuked by Sen. Marco Rubio (R.-Fla.), also via Twitter: “I hope this isn’t the beginning of backing down to China. While Chinese companies have unrestricted access to U.S. market and protection of our laws many U.S. companies have been ruined after #China blocked market access or stole their intellectual property.”

“Our intelligence agencies have warned...

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