US President Donald Trump said that he is working with China to ensure that one of the country’s biggest telecom companies ZTE can do business with the US again.
On May 13th, Trump said via Twitter that he is working with Chinese President Xi Jinping to find a way to get ZTE back into business fast.
Trump’s tweet came in response to the US Commerce Department’s decision last month to slap the telecom giant with an export ban.
Commerce said that ZTE had violated the terms of a deal by evading sanctions against Iran and North Korea.
ZTE relies on US companies for a number of supplies that are critical to its devices.
Last week ZTE said that as a result of the ban, it had ceased major operating activities.
The move is a shift in tone for Trump who previously accused China of stealing US jobs.
For United News International from Washington DC, I’m Caitlin Mangum.