Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

The Senate wrecked Trump’s deal to save ZTE

The Senate wrecked Trump’s deal to save ZTE

The amendment will also ban government agencies from trading telecommunications equipment and services with Chinese telecom companies ZTE and Huawei, as well as from providing loans to or subsidizing either company, according to The Hill.

Earlier this week, the Senate tucked into the measure language that dealt a rebuke to President Donald Trump, and the White House will now move to get that language taken out.

"The fact that a bipartisan group of senators came together this quickly is a testament to how bad the Trump administration's ZTE deal is and how we will not shy away from holding the president's feet to the fire when it comes to keeping his promise to be tough on China", Schumer said.

But after the USA government determined the company lied about its clean-up efforts, the Commerce Department imposed the death sentence, banning US businesses from selling parts to ZTE, effectively kneecapping the company.

In a statement to reporters, amendment co-sponsor Sen.

The Senate was expected to pass its bill as soon as this week.

Among the other senators backing the amendment are Democrats Chuck Schumer of NY and Chris Van Hollen Maryland, and Republican Marco Rubio of Florida.

The authorization must pass both houses of Congress.

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Trump has said he reviewed the penalties as a personal favor to Chinese President Xi Jinping. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), one of the chief authors of the amendment.

The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Among other things, it would restore penalties on ZTE for violating US export controls and bar USA government agencies from purchasing or leasing equipment or services from the Chinese company.

But the ban on buying USA parts, imposed by the department in April, will not be lifted until the company pays the fine and places $400 million more in escrow in a US -approved bank, the agency said.

"The Chinese government uses these companies for espionage and intellectual property theft, posing a direct threat to our national security and endangering the American people and our economy", said Sen.

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio added that the amendment was "Great news!"

A separate monitor was appointed to a three-year term by a US federal court in Texas last year.

The measure is being included as part of a package of changes agreed upon by committee leaders, meaning that the Senate is likely to include it as part of the defense bill later this week.

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