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Trump Sends Giant Middle Finger To His Supporters, Pushes To Save Chinese Jobs While Dismissing ‘America First’ Policy

Donald Trump took to Twitter this weekend, but it wasn’s his usual rant. This time the president complained that smartphone giant ZTE was losing “too many jobs in China” as a result of U.S. sanctions.

As a result of Trump’s tweets, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced that he will look for other ways to punish the ZTE.

According to NPR:
“ZTE had originally been fined for illegal sales to Iran and North Korea, and the company agreed to take corrective action. When U.S. regulators found the company had not complied with that settlement, they went further and blocked U.S. suppliers from selling parts to ZTE. That was described as a “death sentence” for the company, which employs some 70,000 people.”

Ross spoke with the National Press Club on Monday following Trump’s Sunday tweets.

“ZTE did do some inappropriate things,” Ross told the National Press Club. “They’ve admitted to that. The question is, are there alternative remedies to the one that we had originally put forward? And that’s the area we will be exploring very, very rapidly.”

Trump received criticism from both Republicans and Democrats.

“I’m now very worried,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told reporters Monday. “My worry after this ZTE thing is China will offer us some small-term palliative. They’ll say, ‘OK, we’ll buy some of your products,’ and we won’t be tough on them stealing intellectual property.”

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio also criticized Trump.

“Problem with ZTE isn’t jobs & trade, it’s national security & espionage,” Rubio tweeted. “We are crazy to allow them to operate in U.S. without tighter restrictions.”

Adam Schiff was another lawmaker to call Trump out for his tweets. He said, “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.”

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