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Rep. Himes Questions Trump's Support Of Chinese Telecom Company

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.)
Charles Dharapak
Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2013.

Congressman Jim Himes says he’s confused by President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would work with China to create jobs for the Chinese phone maker ZTE.

Himes, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, says ZTE poses a possible security issue to the United States. The company was nearly shuttered earlier this month after U.S. officials said it violated sanctions by doing business with Iran and North Korea. Himes says he can’t see why Trump would step in now.

“Well, honestly I just don’t understand President Trump’s announcement on Twitter. He’s charged with many things. Creating jobs in China is not one of them.”

Himes says he suspects the deal could be driven by the need to work with the Chinese as the U.S. navigates upcoming negotiations with North Korea.