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Trump Defends ZTE Concession After Sparking Bipartisan Rebuke

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Trump Tweets Reversal, Says U.S. Must Help China’s ZTE Stay Afloat
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President Donald Trump defended a move to help Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp. on Monday after his concession stoked bipartisan criticism that it could jeopardize national security.

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