President Trump tweeted Sunday morning he is working with China's President Xi Jinping to help a Chinese telecom shuttered by a U.S. Commerce Department export ban:
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
ZTE obtains about one quarter of its manufacturing components from American businesses, and it suspended operations earlier this month after the Trump administration told U.S. companies they could not have dealings with ZTE. The Commerce Department said ZTE violated U.S. sanctions by shipping American-made goods to Iran and North Korea. The company says the violation was unintentional, not the result of willful deception, and the ban is too onerous a punishment.