President Trump wants ZTE back in business ASAP

JC Torres - May 13, 2018, 8:21pm CDT
President Trump wants ZTE back in business ASAP

Bad cop, good cop strategies are nothing new, but it’s rare to see both roles being played by the same person. Some might see it as a change of heart, mercy, or even forgiveness. Others might pin it down on multiple personality disorder. Either way, US President Donald Trump has tweeted that he instructed the country’s Commerce Department to quickly find a way to get ZTE up and running again just weeks after the same government signed its death sentence.

ZTE last week said that it was suspending all its operations in light of the recent sanction imposed by the US government over the company’s violation of the US ban on exports to Iran and other countries. While ZTE is still hoping that it could work out an agreement with companies and the US government, its future was totally bleak. Both its smartphone business as well as its networking hardware operations would have to be closed down.

Now it seems that Trump is instructing his government to make a complete U-turn. In contrast to the rather harsh sanction that the Commerce Department meted out, the US president is seemingly reaching out a saving hand for the company and, more importantly, its employees.

It’s a strange twist, one that has many layers and many possible theories explaining the change of direction. It’s unlikely that Trump wasn’t aware of the ramifications of the sanction, especially after weeks of media coverage. While not discounting the completely human possibility of changing one’s mind, Trump could also be trying to project the image of a savior sympathetic to the plight of Chinese workers that have suddenly become unemployed. There’s also the possibility of using the situation as a political bargaining chip with China, showing how the US is more than capable of imposing such rules that could greatly affect the Chinese economy.


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10 Responses to President Trump wants ZTE back in business ASAP

  1. Leave it to Trump to do what you don’t expect and what probably is wrong.

    This is coming from an Axon 7 owner too. Screw ZTE- they were fined the first time and told not to reoffend but they did anyway. Let em burn. How about worrying about Americans and letting the Chinese worry about the Chinese?

    • Knowing Trump there was a promise of a US factory or two. Maybe a US support center where ‘Muricans can have their Chinese phones phone supported by someone without a funny accent.

    • Maybe US suppliers contact the president to demonstrate that by closing the door on China now would hurt a great deal of US businesses that depend on the sale. But frankly such action even though now back turned will prompt china in the future to seek content that is not US based, because if we did it once we will do it again. Trump maybe trying to pull a hero stunt by his action, but overall our decision to walk away and walk back to China will hurt us in the long term. Maybe left at status quo before the ban would have been a smarter choice. Maybe…

    • I thought that his desire to put “America first” was the reason why everyone hated him so much?

      You people need to make up your minds. Or, and here’s a novel idea, just accept the fact that you can support him on some things, and not support him on some others …

      That is what we *used* to do before everyone was told he’s some evil racist “Nazi” who will lead us all to nuclear war. So far, he’s doing a fantastic job.

      • It don’t matter what Trump does, the left will have a meltdown. He could cure cancer and then they will say Trump created cancer.

        That’s just how it is.

      • Not really. I think his desire to put “America First” at the expense of all our intl goodwill was and is foolish. I don’t think helping Americans is a bad idea at all. Now if he actually ever did that…

        And contrary to what you might think, I don’t support him on this because it’s very clear that ZTE deliberately broke the law not once but twice. Sorry but no third chances- too bad they felt that what they were doing was worth more than obeying the rules that allowed them to function as a business.

    • Trump is for America way more than Obama ever was.

      He is so pro America that it drives the left insane.

  2. It’s probably the last option. He wanted to demonstrsde what kind of shock the us could send through the system. Looks like it worked.

    • Ya, and I bet you in two year you will see a huge reduction in US content in their phones. Mitigate risks…

  3. It’s funny to me that people keep trying to see patterns in President Trump’s decisions. Even before he was elected, it seemed to me that he just does whatever he thinks is the best idea in the moment. Sometimes that’s dictated by what other people tell him, and sometimes it’s just how he feels right at this very moment. That’s why his speeches go off course so quickly.

    With ZTE, it probably seemed like the best idea was to sanction them (an action that many people appear to agree with); he probably didn’t think that they’d actually shut down and affect thousands of people. He may not even have thought that far ahead (and that’s not a knock on Trump, many humans are quite often short-sighted). Now that he sees the impact, he’s doing what he regularly does: change his mind without admitting that he’s changing his mind.

    I change my mind all of the time when new information comes my way. The difference is that I’m not in a position where admitting you’re wrong might be the worst thing you can do. That’s why presidents (and other elected leaders) wait until after they’re done to talk about what they would have done differently.

    Let’s stop being surprised by his unpredictability, and just assume that we don’t know what he’ll do until it actually happens.

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