Trump fails, for now, in his attempt to help ZTE

The Appropriations Committee of the US House of Representatives unanimously rejected the elimination of sanctions against the Chinese telephone manufacturer.

Trump fails, for now, in his attempt to help ZTE


The Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives of the United States unanimously approved Thursday an amendment to a bill that would maintain sanctions against ZTE , rejecting President Donald Trump's defense of the Chinese telephone manufacturer.

This amendment "will prevent a foreign company committed to its government - and that ignores embargoes from infiltrating the devices and networks that are now indispensable to American life," said Maryland Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, author of the amendment, in a statement

ZTE, the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the US UU ., Has been dealing with a denial order from the Department of Commerce, which prevents US companies from selling hardware or services. The seven-year ban forced ZTE to close its "main operating activities." This process is part of the government's idea that ZTE violated the terms of a 2017 agreement by not firing employees involved in the illegal shipment of US equipment to Iran and North Korea.

ZTE had been working to have the denial order revoked and had pinned its hopes on broader bilateral trade talks between the United States . UU and China. On Sunday, Trump sent a surprising tweet that asked the Department of Commerce to find "a way to get back to business, fast."

rump followed on Monday with a tweet saying that ZTE "buys a large percentage of individual parts from US companies" and that the company "reflects the largest trade agreement we are negotiating with China and my personal relationship with President Xi."

ZTE has become a fundamental part of the broader discussions between China and the US. US, the two largest economies in the world, on trade tensions and whether the two countries can avoid a trade war that could involve multi-billion dollar tariffs.

The White House and ZTE did not respond immediately to requests for comment. 

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