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Trump Plans to Discuss ZTE Compromise With Lawmakers Wednesday

Trump Plans to Discuss ZTE Compromise With Lawmakers Wednesday

Monday, 18 June 2018 05:17 PM

President Donald Trump plans to host Republican members of Congress this week to discuss a path forward to allowing Chinese telecom company ZTE Corp. to get back into business as the Senate is poised to pass legislation that would block any deal between the company and the U.S. government.

The meeting, planned for Wednesday, was confirmed on Monday by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas and may include other Republicans such as Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

The Trump administration is counting on changes being made to ZTE language in legislation, once the House and Senate begin negotiations to merge their versions of the defense bill. Lawmakers hope to wrap up conference negotiations by the end of July. “We’ve articulated our desire to better educate members about the ZTE action by Commerce, and we expect to address it in conference,” White House legislative liaison Marc Short said last week, referring to the House-Senate negotiations on the bill.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in recent weeks have tried to persuade lawmakers of the administration’s approach, but lawmakers said the deal did not address their national-security concerns.

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