Trump Tweet Details Conditions of Deal to Lift ZTE Sanctions
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 | Comments

A tweet from President Donald Trump offered an idea of the conditions of a deal to allow Chinese smartphone manufacturer to purchase parts from U.S. companies.

In April, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross activated a denial order preventing U.S. companies from exporting parts to ZTE. In mid-May, Trump reversed his original position on the ZTE sanctions and tweeted that he was working to get “ZTE a way to get back into business, fast.”

Following the activation of the denial order, ZTE said it would have to close operations because of the sanctions.

In a May 25 tweet, Trump alluded to conditions including high-level security guarantees, a change of management and board, a requirement that the company purchase U.S. parts and a $1.3 billion fine.

Neither the White House, Congress nor the Department of Commerce has released any official approvals of the deal.

Several Congress members expressed concern about the potential deal with ZTE. For example, Senator Marco Rubio tweeted, “Why should we allow any #China telecom to operate in or buy sensitive U.S. when @DeptofDefense says #Huawei & #ZTE ‘pose an unacceptable risk’ to military & @ODNIgov, @FBI & CIA openly say they are potential security risks to the American people?”

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