Schumer hits Trump for offering aid to Chinese firm: 'How about helping some American companies?'

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMontana's environmental lobby teams with governor to kill 600 jobs Dems allow separation of parents, children to continue, just to score political points Democrats' education agenda would jeopardize state-level success MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN analyst Kirsten Powers: Melania's jacket should read 'Let them eat cake' CNN's Cuomo confronts Lewandowski over 'womp womp' remark Sessions says FBI agent Peter Strzok no longer has his security clearance MORE for directing the Commerce Department to assist a Chinese telecommunications company. 

“How about helping some American companies first?” Schumer tweeted in response to Trump’s earlier tweet on the matter.

Trump earlier in the day said he’s working with Chinese President Xi Jinping to help find Chinese company ZTE “a way to get back into business, fast.”

“Too many jobs in China lost,” Trump tweeted.

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The Commerce Department last month banned American companies from selling components to ZTE because the Chinese firm violated U.S. sanctions by selling equipment to Iran. 

Trump’s willingness to aid ZTE comes after the two nations have spent parts of recent months trading tariff threats.

The president has attacked China for its trade practices since he hit the campaign trail in 2015. In recent months, his administration has announced $50 billion in tariffs against Chinese imports to the U.S., and has threatened to impose another $100 billion.

China has promised to fight back with its own tariffs on U.S. goods, prompting international fears of a trade war.

Schumer has in the past credited Trump for his approach to China on trade issues. Last month, he told a New York radio host that Trump is “on the right path” in his policies on trade and intellectual property.