Trump declares support for exporting high-tech products to China

Hardliners in the Trump administration are pushing to block high-tech exports to China, even if doing so would mean restricting market access for large US companies. But this widespread effort hit an obstacle on Tuesday: President Trump himself.

Trump has issued a series of tweets criticizing efforts by some within the White House and the U.S. Department of Commerce to halt the export of controlled technologies such as jet aircraft engines and semiconductors to China. These people worry that these products could be pirated and used to undermine the commercial advantage of the United States in these areas.