U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, an outspoken advocate for trade and a China hawk, issued the following statement regarding the President's announcement that the United States and China are close to a "phase one" trade deal. 

"Everyone in Nebraska hopes that the President is able to get a good trade deal across the finish line in the next few weeks of negotiation. Trade is a win-win for our farmers and ranchers. I'm also pleased that Trade Representative Lighthizer has said that Huawei, the crown jewel of China's espionage network, has not been taken off the United States' blacklist. Americans want trade and we want to win the war between Chinese techno-authoritarianism and American democracy."