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Congress abolishes the ZTE penalty from the must-pass defense bill



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WASHINGTON – In a concession to the White House, Republicans in Congress are weakening a rule to impose harsh charges against Chinese telecom giant ZTE's annual mandatory defense bill on Friday

Democrats quickly criticized the Republicans for being They were President Donald Trump, who supported the Chinese company, which is seen as a threat to national security.

This move was taken during negotiations between the House of Representatives and the Senate

"By deleting the Senate's stringent ZTE sanction regime from the Defense Law, President Trump and the Congress Republicans acted at his behest President Xi and the Chinese government have again made the big winner and the American worker and our national security the big losers, "said Democrat chairman of the Senate, Chuck Schumer, in a statement.

The criticism is bipartisan. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Who co-funded the legislation criticizing ZTE in the Senate, said in a tweet that he is disappointed.