Trump defends decision to save Chinese telecommunications company

 In U.S.

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday defended his efforts to help a Chinese telecommunications company that violated U.S. sanctions “get back into business, fast,” despite criticism from Democrats and Republicans that the company poses a national security risk.

“ZTE, the large Chinese phone company, buys a big percentage of individual parts from U.S. companies,” Trump tweeted Monday. “This is also reflective of the larger trade deal we are negotiating with China and my personal relationship with President Xi.”

Trump over the weekend unexpectedly tweeted that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping were “working together” to give ZTE “a way to get back into business, fast,” saying too many jobs in China were at stake after the U.S. government cut off access to its American suppliers.

The surprising overture to China marked a dramatic departure from Trump’s rhetoric toward China during the campaign, when he said he would no longer allow China of “rape our country” and steal U.S. jobs.

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