Senate Rebukes Trump With Vote to Reinstate ZTE Sales Ban
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The measure was wrapped in a larger, must-pass defense bill, which will need to be reconciled with House version
By Siobhan Hughes and Kate O’KeeffeUpdated June 19, 2018 4:57 a.m. ET
WASHINGTON—The Senate voted to reinstate a ban on selling U.S. parts to Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corp. , rejecting a deal President Donald Trump made with Beijing to save the firm.
The measure was wrapped in a larger, must-pass defense bill that cleared the Senate on an 85-10 vote Monday. Mr. Trump is expected to turn his attention to persuading congressional negotiators to strip out the ZTE sales ban as they reconcile competing House and Senate versions of the bill.
ZTE has repeatedly violated U.S. sanctions, the Commerce Department says. U.S. intelligence officials also have also long warned that its equipment could be used to spy on Americans. The company has denied the accusation.
Mr. Trump meets with House Republican lawmakers on Tuesday evening, when the topic could come up, and is expected to meet Wednesday with Senate Republicans to find ways to ensure ZTE can resume business.