Trump tweets he is working with Xi to keep ZTE in business


US President Donald Trump tweeted this morning he is working together with Chinese President Xi Jinping to keep ZTE in business, a move some are calling unprecendented and a lifeline for the embattled Chinese telecommunication giant.

Trump's tweet instructs the US Commerce Department—which is reviewing ZTE’s request for a stay of an order banning American companies from selling to the firm—to “get it done.”

The intervention comes less than a month after ZTE was hit by the ban. The company said the ban threatens its survival, and last week said it had ceased major business operations.

@realDonaldTrump: 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!