Twitter Confused by Trump Tweet About Helping Chinese Phone Company ZTE: Not Really ‘America First’


President Trump today, out of the blue, tweeted that he and the President of China are working to help out the Chinese phone company ZTE.

It’s unclear what spurred this particular tweet, but it’s worth noting that earlier this year, top officials from multiple U.S. intel agencies said earlier this year that Americans should NOT buy phones made by ZTE:

Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas asked the group to raise their hands if they would recommend private American citizens use products or services made by Apple competitor Huawei or smartphone maker ZTE. None of them did.

FBI Director Chris Wray explained why it is an issue for companies and local governments to use Huawei or ZTE products and services.

There is a risk of letting any company “beholden to foreign governments” inside the country’s telecommunications infrastructure, he said. Huawei is a global leader in networking equipment, and the government has previously blocked it from selling technology to some federal agencies.

More recently, the U.S. Commerce Department issued an export ban that keeps U.S. firms from selling to it. ZTE is trying to get it reversed, and just last week they halted major operating activities.

So, naturally, people have a lot of questions:

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