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Trump's pledge to help China's ZTE spurs backlash in Washington

Reuters  |  WASHINGTON 

By David Lawder and Karen FreifeldWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's pledge to help a Chinese telecommunication company that broke U.S. sanctions law sparked a backlash from lawmakers who said the move could weaken the U.S. hand in upcoming trade talks with Beijing.The Commerce Department last month banned U.S. companies from selling to ZTE Corp for seven years after it illegally shipped goods made with U.S. parts to Iran and North Korea, prompting the company to shut its main business operations last week.Trump said on Sunday that he was working with Chinese President Xi Jinping ...

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 23:40 IST