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The CEO of a fireworks retailer donating $750,000 of products to President Trump’s Fourth of July celebration reportedly lobbied against expanding Chinese import tariffs in a private White House meeting.

The same day the Phantom Fireworks donation was announced, Trump decided to postpone his threatened $300 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods, ABC News reports.

The article goes on to state the following:

Phantom Fireworks CEO Bruce Zoldan told WTOP he met with Trump on the matter in a private May 22 meeting and “tariffs were discussed in general.”

However, Zoldan denied that the donation was politically motivated.

“We did not equate the conversation to a specific industry. Discussions about Phantom and Grucci’s donation to this year’s Fourth of July performance commenced two months in advance of anything relating to tariffs,” he said in his statement to WTOP.

President Trump thanked the two companies in a Twitter post on Tuesday, writing, “Thanks to “Phantom Fireworks” and “Fireworks by Grucci” for their generosity in donating the biggest fireworks show Washington D.C. has ever seen. CEO’s Bruce Zoldan and Phil Grucci are helping to make this the greatest 4th of July celebration in our Nations history!”

Again on Wednesday, Trump tweeted his appreciation, saying, “The cost of our great Salute to America tomorrow will be very little compared to what it is worth. We own the planes, we have the pilots, the airport is right next door (Andrews), all we need is the fuel. We own the tanks and all. Fireworks are donated by two of the greats. Nice!”

“Citizens for Ethics” slammed the news that the fireworks were donated by a company who lobbied against additional tariff’s on China:

Former Ethics Director under the Obama administration, Walter Shaub, blasted the news with one word: “CORRUPTION.”

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