Chinese telecommunications company ZTE agreed to pay a $1 billion fine in exchange for U.S. sanctions relief, according to the New York Times. ZTE has faced extreme financial difficulties as a result of sanctions the U.S. imposed after the company transacted with both North Korea and Iran. The company remains a key sticking point in U.S.-China trade negotiations.
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Facebook confirmed it gave users’ data to four Chinese firms, including one company that the U.S. intelligence community flagged as a national security threat, according to the BBC. This confirmation comes after the New York Times reported on Sunday that Facebook engaged in similar data-sharing partnerships with over 60 cellular and other device-making companies.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller accused Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, of witness tampering on Monday, reports the New York Times. Manafort faces tax fraud and money laundering charges.
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President Trump says his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is back on, reports the New York Times. The news come after North Korea’s former intelligence chief and top nuclear negotiator, Kim Yong Chol, visited the White House on Friday to deliver to deliver a letter to the president from the North Korean leader.
Andrew McCabe, the former acting FBI director, wrote a confidential memo last spring recounting details of the Comey firing, revealed the New York Times. The memo discussed conversations with Rod Rosenstein in which Rosenstein noted that Trump had asked him to specifically mention Russia in the memo justifying the firing.
The Trump administration will limit visas to Chinese graduate students studying robotics, aviation, and high-tech manufacturing, Reuters reports. The change, effective June 11, is part of the administration’s strategy to “ensure that intellectual property is not transferred to our competitors,” according to one U.S. official.
A former CIA officer’s espionage trial begins today, according to the Washington Post. Mallory is accused of meeting with a Chinese spy and exchanged U.S. intelligence for money. While Mallory admitted to the activity, he argued that his intention was to out the Chinese spies to U.S. authorities.
North Korea responded to Trump’s cancellation of the previously planned June 12 summit, according to the New York Times. Kim Kye-gwan, a vice foreign minister of North Korea, released a statement saying, “The unilateral cancellation of the summit was unexpected and very regrettable.
President Trump has cancelled his planned June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the New York Times reports. The announcement comes after a week of worsening relations and threatening statements.