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Damian Paletta is White House economic policy reporter for The Washington Post. Before joining The Post, he covered the White House for the Wall Street Journal.
There haven't been many tweets like the one Trump sent Wednesday morning.
The agreement, if finalized, would spare the telecommunications firm from some Commerce Department sanctions.
The postmaster general said the rates were set by contracts and defended the relationship.
Trump’s breakneck bid to put “America First” is exasperating his congressional allies, as well as spooking business leaders and forcing the White House to defend repeated policy shifts.
The fight erupted when senior White House adviser Peter Navarro complained to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about being excluded from key meetings with Chinese leaders.
The secretary of commerce walked back his comments after the president's tweets.
Top Democrats wrote Trump's plan would cast “grave doubt whether this Administration will put American jobs and national security first."
U.S. officials try to explain the president’s reversal on Chinese telecom company.
A candidate who promised to crack down on Wall Street and cut tax breaks for the wealthy has gone in the opposite direction as president.
ZTE had said last week that it would cease “major operating activities” because of the U.S. government’s recent trade restrictions.