UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) – The U.S. Senate introduced legislation to block U.S. President Donald Trump’s deal with Chinese telecom company ZTE.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced an amendment on Monday, June 11, that will restore penalties against ZTE for violating U.S. sanctions against Iran and North Korea.
In April, the Commerce Department declared a seven-year export ban on the company for violating those sanctions.
Last week, however, the Trump administration struck a deal allowing ZTE to resume operations.
On Monday, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said, “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.”
Schumer concluded the U.S. Senate will not go soft on Trump.
The back and forth has also become a major flashpoint in trade tensions between the U.S. and China.