Last week, ZTE made an announcement that shook the mobile industry: the company was forced to shut down after the US Commerce Department issued a ban against it.
This week, none other than US President Donald Trump stepped in to save the day.
On Twitter, as usual, Trump announced he had instructed his Commerce Department to help get ZTE back in business.
President Xi of China, and I, 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2018
That’s excellent news for ZTE, after being accused of selling US-made technology in Iran, thus violating US sanctions laws. In return, that had made the US Commerce Department ban ZTE from using any US made components, including Qualcomm chipsets and even Android software.
Now, with Trump’s intervention, things might be looking up for them.
However, other Republicans are still holding the line, insisting on more restrictions for Chinese companies.
Problem with ZTE isn’t jobs & trade, it’s national security & espionage. Any telecomm firm in #China can be forced to act as tool of Chinese espionage without any court order or any other review process. We are crazy to allow them to operate in U.S. without tighter restrictions https://t.co/AXtTDgufc9
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 14, 2018
Our intelligence agencies have warned that ZTE technology and phones pose a major cyber security threat. You should care more about our national security than Chinese jobs. https://t.co/7Ygh7805jg
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 13, 2018