Donald Trump has made a mockery of America’s political and legal systems; disrespectfully thinking he could make ridiculous promises to foreign leaders on the country’s dime, and no one would ever try to stop him. That’s the mistake he made when he announced a deal he made with Chinese President Xi to lift the current ban on telecommunications company ZTE.
Now, the Senate has made a move to block the deal. Another fortune report states:
“ZTE was forced to stop major operations when a seven-year ban on export privileges kicked in earlier this year in response to the company breaking sanctions and violating an earlier agreement by giving bonuses to executives who were involved in sales in Iran.”
According to Fortune:
“The motion was adopted late Monday night, only hours after the deal became public and less than a week after it was signed. The announced settlement would allow the company to resume buying parts and selling products in the U.S. after having been banned by the U.S. Commerce Department in April for breaking the U.S. embargo against Iran.”
Senators Rubio, Schumer, Hollen, and Cotton signed the bill Monday and included a provision that keeps in place the current penalties on ZTE. The bill also prevents government agencies from doing any business with ZTE, including purchasing equipment.
Fortune reports the reason for “the senate’s action is based on national security fears over ZTE’s products. The intelligence community suspects the company’s devices are mechanisms for espionage that can be remotely tracked and used to steal intellectual property.”
The Rubio, Cotton, Hollen, and Schumer released a group statement about their decision Monday afternoon:
“We’re heartened that both parties made it clear that protecting American jobs and national security must come first when making deals with countries like China, which has a history of having little regard for either. It is vital that our colleagues in the House keep this bipartisan provision in the bill as it heads towards a conference.”