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Trump says he wants the Commerce Department to lift ZTE's export ban

Trump says he wants the Commerce Department to lift ZTE's export ban
Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE, the subject of a seven year U.S. export ban, recently said that it had to close up shop because of its inability to source software, components and hardware from the U.S. But the phone and network equipment maker, who the U.S. accused of spying on American citizens and corporations on behalf of the Chinese government, has found an unlikely ally in U.S. president Donald Trump.

In a tweet sent from a golf course in Virginia, the president says that he is working with Chinese president Xi Jinping on "a way to get (ZTE) back into business, fast. Too many jobs in China lost."

The export ban was placed on ZTE after the company violated U.S. sanctions and sold goods and services to Iran and North Korea. The company was fined $1.19 billion and the export ban was stayed as long as the company complied with certain actions prescribed by the Commerce Department. But those actions, which included withholding bonus checks and issuing reprimands to those involved, could not be verified until the Commerce Department took a close look into ZTE's compliance. As a result, the seven year export ban was put into effect.

This move by Trump seems to be a contradiction. Earlier this year, he blocked Broadcom's attempt to merge with Qualcomm, citing national security. Now, he is trying to rescue a company that deals in espionage against Americans, according to a 2012 Congressional Report. ZTE is currently the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the U.S.

The president says he is working on getting ZTE up and running again

The president says he is working on getting ZTE up and running again


source: @realDonaldTrump

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55 Comments

1. rebretz

Posts: 90; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

The only reason for this would be the Trump Organization has something to gain.

2. maherk

Posts: 6544; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Bet him and Cohen received a kind donation from ZTE.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30516; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Another $130,000 for Stormy Daniels.

5. Alan01

Posts: 560; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Didn't include this in the story, but personally I think the president feels that he is attacking Apple by doing this. Alan

6. kiko007

Posts: 7383; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That doesn’t seem logical though. The people buying iPhones aren’t the same people buying ZTE phones. He more than likely got “incentive” on behalf of the Chinese government.

8. ibap

Posts: 864; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Do you think DT pays any attention to who buys iPhones vs. ZTE phones? The rest of your post is right on.

34. Papa_Ji

Posts: 759; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Yes, this time you are right... Android are for higher IQ people and iPhone are for lower IQ ones.

42. TheOracle1

Posts: 1761; Member since: May 04, 2015

I think what Alan is alluding to is the very real possibility of China retaliating by banning the sale of Apple products in China for any flimsy reason. Tit for tat. That would hurt Apple badly.

10. Klinton

Posts: 1407; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Wrong. More like Trump shows a carrot to China, expecting the meeting with Kim. And that meeting is about the biggest thing. Trump is genius. Of course, before all, he will make sure that ZTE don't spy anymore. BTW I'm amazed how many ppl here want Trump to fail, no matter if it's bad for US, too. Just because they were dead wrong about him. What a disgrace!:(

22. ibap

Posts: 864; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

"...how many ppl here want Trump to fail, no matter if it's bad for US..." It isn't that people want him to fail, it's that he's already done so much damage they fear what else he might do. He sends ambassadors to allies where they promptly stick their feet in their mouths, as does his new lawyer. Oh, wait, he doesn't think we need allies. He doesn't want further efficiency standards for cars, because he thinks that's what people want, never mind the pollution or rising oil prices. And he can't run an administration that doesn't leak all over the place. Remember how he was going to hire the best people? And he'd never leave the WH on the weekends to play golf because he'd be working so hard? You enjoy reading this and posting and using the internet? Let's see what the removal of net neutrality brings - and it won't benefit anyone except the big communications operations with lobbyists.

30. Klinton

Posts: 1407; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Could you please list the 'damages' he did??? If any. And I will write a long list with the positive things he did. About the allies , do not worry. As soon as they reach 2% to improve their defense, make the trade with US fair, and join the improvement of the Iran deal, but not thinking only about the business with Iran,....then everything will be only love :) And they will! Trust Trump!

46. ibap

Posts: 864; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

There isn't enough room here, so - https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/tallying-the-damage-of-trumps-presidency-in-2017-w514687 https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-damage-trump-has-done-documented/2018/01/19/7e905ec8-fd56-11e7-8f66-2df0b94bb98a_story.html?utm_term=.a19c8945f459 In addition, so many of his actions are of the sort of Sethi in "The Ten Commandments" - "Let the name of Moses be stricken from every book and tablet. Stricken from every pylon and obelisk of Egypt. Let the name of Moses be unheard and unspoken, erased from the memory of man, for all time." He attempts to elevate himself by erasing his predecessor. What is he afraid of?

38. HumBHOldt

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 30, 2018

No one was dead wrong. 1 year into presidency, investigation gets closer every day, over 20 close associates indicted, 1 went to prison last week. Benghazi, 4 years investigation Zero indictments Clinton foundation 2 year investigation, Zero indictments . Donald is obviously in deep trouble and scared by how he's acting like Nixon trying to shut down the investigation, only a small minority in America disagree. The hypocrisy of your kind is if Clinton did all the things he and his cabinet have so far the congress would've already impeached and imprisoned her

50. Klinton

Posts: 1407; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

I don't blame you that you don't know why it happened. The media don't want you to know. All those investigators that investigate Clinton before and Trump now, are under investigation now. With many crimes they did. With facts this time. They did crime, not to convict Hillary, and about the witch hunt for Trump. Just wait and see!

51. Klinton

Posts: 1407; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

I don't blame you that you don't know why it happened. The media don't want you to know. All those investigators that investigate Clinton before and Trump now, are under investigation now. With many crimes they did. With facts this time. They did crime, not to convict Hillary, and about the witch hunt for Trump. Just wait and see!

43. TheOracle1

Posts: 1761; Member since: May 04, 2015

Oh dear. Supporting Trump is one thing but you're talking out of your a$$.

55. lm12345

Posts: 9; Member since: May 15, 2018

You said it bro

13. Derekjeter

Posts: 1427; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

No company will ever threaten Apple in any way, not just because of the iPhone, but because of iOS. For the millions and millions that are tied to iOS, there’s no other OEM they can buy a phone from that will run iOS. Apple could literally put out a bag of crap running iOS and people would buy.

18. cmdacos

Posts: 3663; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

And they do

37. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Sadly.... Its mostly happend in USA. In Asia, only a few loves iPhone. Only 4% of phone sold in Asia were iPhone.

48. xq10xa

Posts: 799; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Good thing you didn't because as a Phone journalist that would have been really poor analysis.

47. max1c

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

You are obviously clueless. They will likely use this as leverage to get something else out of China...

4. KingSam

Posts: 1291; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Didn't they realize this would happen. Just ban sales in the us ffs. Ruin the company for no valid reason

7. kiko007

Posts: 7383; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

There was indeed a valid reason, but it likely doesn’t matter now that Trump is involved, as he isn’t the kind to care about rules.

9. ibap

Posts: 864; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Too many jobs in China lost? What rot. Follow the money right back to DT is some way, shape or form.

11. Klinton

Posts: 1407; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

What a hollow minded ppl comment here. Trump is shaping the World for the better, making huge moves, and China is big part of it. But some cheap haters can not swallow the truth , that were wrong about him. And digging BSs. LOL Move on guys. US is great again!

20. ibap

Posts: 864; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

So he wants more security and less debt to China until it actually happens? What happened to curbing a currency manipulator? And bringing more jobs back to the US?

23. Klinton

Posts: 1407; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Shall we calculate how much China gave up so far , and now much carrot Trump showed them on reward? LOL. And not only about economics , but also about World's Peace matter. Just shut up for a moment, and make a research first, and then write! Don't let to be fooled so easy.

29. jojon

Posts: 421; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

spot on Klinton, this ZTE move is all about blowing some sunshine up Pres Zi's ass for his help with the upcoming Nth Korea summit.

19. mixedfish

Posts: 1541; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

You do know that ZTE pumps over 2billions dollars into American business every year right.

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