Trump says he wants the Commerce Department to lift ZTE's export ban

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Trump earlier in the day said he's working with Chinese President Xi Jingping to get Chinese company ZTE "a way to get back into business, fast".

Now, Trump says he's working with President Xi Jinping of China to get the company back on its feet.

Chinese technology company ZTE Corp, which this month suspended its main operations after a US Commerce Department ban on American supplies to its business, paid over $2.3 billion to 211 US exporters in 2017, a senior ZTE official said on Friday.

"As of now, the company maintains sufficient cash and strictly adheres to its commercial obligations subject to compliance with laws and regulations", ZTE said.

Trump's reassurance comes as the USA and China - the world's two largest economies - have hit each other with tariffs in an escalating trade battle.

USA companies provide at least a quarter of the components used in ZTE's equipment, which includes smart phones and telecommunications network equipment.

Count President Donald Trump as one of Chinese phone maker ZTE's new allies.

President Trump has intervened in the ZTE drama.

During a meeting with seven high-level members of the Trump administration last week in Beijing, Chinese officials reportedly brought up the ZTE crackdown and urged the United States to ease up.

Republican Representative Robert Pittenger, a sponsor of legislation that would strengthen the USA national security review process for foreign investment, said after the Commerce ban was announced that the United States "must be vigilant against Chinese threats to both our economic security and national security".

Trumps tweet comes just days before US officials are planning to meet with Liu He, one of Chinese President Xi Jinpings closest advisers, to discuss the strained trade ties.

During recent trade meetings in Beijing, Chinese officials said they raised their objections to ZTE's punishment with the American delegation, which they said agreed to report them to Trump. "They are not simply going to be able to resume business as usual". Experts have since said the company could be circling the drain. "China may now have strengthened its desire to get out from a under a scenario where the United States can do that again".

"You should care more about our national security than Chinese jobs", he wrote on Twitter. In March, Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum coming into the US.

ZTE has been in the cross hairs of federal export control authorities for years.

"Our intelligence agencies have warned that ZTE technology and phones pose a major cyber security threat", he said.

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