Press Release ● Foreign Affairs
For Immediate Release: 
May 14, 2018
Contact Info: 
Annaliese Davis 202-225-4131
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to President Trump's tweet that he is directing the Commerce Department to assist Chinese company ZTE in spite of violating U.S. sanctions against Iran and North Korea:

“When President Trump ran for office, he promised that he would crack down on China’s unfair practices and take a tough stance against Iran.  Now, he is abandoning both of these pledges.  Instead of holding China accountable for its actions or getting tough on Iran, he’s helping a Chinese company that has violated sanctions against Iran and North Korea, stepping in to help them compete against American businesses and putting our workers and national security at risk.  American workers deserve an explanation from this President why Chinese jobs are more important to save than our own and how rewarding a foreign company for doing business with Iran and North Korea will help keep Americans and our allies safe.”