Senate Introduces Plan To Thwart Trump's ZTE Deal

A group of Senators have introduced legislation that would stop President Trump from dropping its ban on Chinese telecoms giant ZTE buying products from US companies.

While its chances of passing are less than 50-50, Axios points out that there is significant anger among lawmakers over ZTE's repeated violations of US sanctions, including the fact that the firm has been twice caught selling banned tech to North Korea and Iran. The ban on using US technology would've effectively killed ZTE, according to Axios.


The measure, introduced as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, will see its fate decided next week, when debate begins on the NDAA, a routine policy bill that Congress passes every year, according to Reuters.

Here are a few key points from Axios:

  • The amendment to amend the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act is helmed by Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and co-sponsored by Sens. Chuck Schumer, (D-N.Y.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.).

  • Van Hollen had already successfully introduced an amendment that would thwart future deals with China to reduce penalties, crafted under the assumption the NDAA would beat the Trump administration's China deal to the fininsh line. It didn't.

  • Many lawmakers suspect ZTE of sabotaging equipment sold to U.S. companies to help China spy on the U.S.

Reuters says strong backing from the bill would be out of place for Republicans who control Congress and have generally been strong supporters of President Trump's legislative agenda, with only a handful ever voting against the White House. Furthermore, the White House has insisted that there's no "quid pro quo" involved and that other trade measures being discussed are "quite separate" from the decision to reduce ZTE's penalty to a $1.3 billion fine, plus the addition of some toothless oversight board.


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Nuclear Winter Thu, 06/07/2018 - 17:19 Permalink

Little Hands Rubio vs POTUS. It's going to be exciting to see who emerges victorious to punish ZTE or put them in the grave of other CCP front companies spying on America and stealing our IP.

MuffDiver69 Thu, 06/07/2018 - 17:28 Permalink

They had years to do this. It didn’t just sneak up. It really just shows Obama was the one who could literally murder someone and get away with it..Funny how Medicare and Social Security are suddenly going broke quicker...all one big old sham

jin187 Thu, 06/07/2018 - 17:28 Permalink

I suppose lawmakers suspect ZTE of sabotage based on their technical expertise, and all the hours they spend going over source code and blueprints.  Maybe it's true, maybe it isn't, but the one thing I know for certain is that none of the people making these decisions know a goddamned thing about any of this shit.  Best case scenario, they go with the lobbyist "expert" with the opinion that gives them the ammo they need to promote their own opinion.

Dr. Acula Thu, 06/07/2018 - 17:59 Permalink

"Many lawmakers suspect ZTE of sabotaging equipment sold to U.S. companies to help China spy on the U.S."

Yeah you should use USA equipment so NSA can spy on you. That's how they stopped 9/11 last time, right?

HenryHall Thu, 06/07/2018 - 18:36 Permalink

>> Many lawmakers suspect ZTE of sabotaging equipment sold to U.S. companies to help China spy on the U.S.

It's Cisco gear that has backdoors usable for spying. Not so much ZTE gear.

monad Thu, 06/07/2018 - 19:13 Permalink

This is a ploy by chinese owned politicians to interfere with US elections on behalf of China. Lock them all up. There is no statute of limitations for treason.

Zhaupka Thu, 06/07/2018 - 21:35 Permalink

PSYOPS: The 2014 elections gave the Republicans control of the Senate and control of House of Representatives for the first time since the 109th Congress. With 248 seats in the House of Representatives and 54 seats in the Senate, this Congress began with the largest Republican majority since the 71st Congress of 1929–1931.

And . . . Republicans did what?

Option A. Republicans skrewed u (again)? Vote Democrat.
Option B. Democrats skrewed u (again)? Vote Republican.

Option B was last selected.