Trump asked Commerce chief to look into limits on China's ZTE: White House

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin listen as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about lowering drug prices from the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 11, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump asked Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to look into U.S. restrictions placed on Chinese telecommunication company ZTE Corp 000063.SZ, a White House spokesman said on Monday, calling the limits "an issue of high concern for China."

Trump asked Ross to look into the matter, “consistent with applicable laws and regulations, and it’s been brought up at a number of levels ... as part of bilateral talks on a number of issues,” White House spokesman Raj Shah told a regular news briefing.

Reporting by Steve Holland and Doina Chiacu; Writing by Eric Walsh; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli