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GOP Sen. Marco Rubio Warns Trump’s ‘Crazy’ Plan To Help Chinese Telecom Giant Could Result In Espionage

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GOP Sen. Marco Rubio Warns Trump’s ‘Crazy’ Plan To Help Chinese Telecom Giant Could Result In Espionage





Republican Sen. Marco Rubio slammed President Trump for announcing that he would help a Chinese telecom giant accused of violating U.S. sanctions, calling the plan “crazy” and reminding the president that the Chinese government can use the company for espionage.

“Problem with ZTE isn’t jobs & trade, it’s national security & espionage,” the Florida senator wrote on Twitter.

“Any telecomm firm in #China can be forced to act as tool of Chinese espionage without any court order or any other review process. We are crazy to allow them to operate in U.S. without tighter restrictions”

Trump in a tweet on Sunday vowed to help President Xi Jinping put Chinese telecommunications maker ZTE “back into business.”

“President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast,” Trump said Sunday. “Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!”




White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said Trump was highlighting the “importance of a free, fair, balanced, and mutually beneficial economic, trade and investment relationship” for the two nations.

“The administration is in contact with China on this issue, among others in the bilateral relationship,” Walters said in a statement. “President Trump expects Secretary Ross to exercise his independent judgment, consistent with applicable laws and regulations, to resolve the regulatory action involving ZTE based on its facts.”

Rubio said in a follow-up tweet on Monday that he hopes Trump’s comment about ZTE does not mean the U.S. is “backing down to China.”

“While Chinese companies have unrestricted access to U.S. market & protection of our laws many U.S. companies have been ruined after #China blocked market access or stole their intellectual property,” Rubio added.

The Hill notes:

Last month, the Commerce Department barred American companies from selling to ZTE, saying the telecommunications firm violated U.S. sanctions.



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