Reps. Deutch, Ros-Lehtinen Introduce Bill to Prevent the President from Canceling Penalties on ZTE

Jun 8, 2018

Reps. Deutch, Ros-Lehtinen Introduce Bill to Prevent the President from Canceling Penalties on ZTE

Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) introduced legislation to prevent the President from canceling penalties on Chinese telecommunications company ZTE.

The intelligence community and law enforcement officials have repeatedly warned that ZTE products pose serious national security threats to the United States. In April 2018, the Commerce Department imposed an order of denial on ZTE banning it from doing business with U.S. firms for its repeated violations of U.S. laws. ZTE was previously found to be exporting products to Iran and North Korea, and the company lied to U.S. investigators throughout the investigation. ZTE technology has been used by the Iranian regime in its brutal repression of the people of Iran.

Congressman Deutch: “ZTE doesn’t deserve a bail out from President Trump. It is unclear why the President is ignoring the warning of his own Administration, but letting ZTE off the hook after Trump owned businesses move forward with real estate deals funded by the Chinese government raises serious concerns. The President has provided no justification for this sweetheart deal. Congress has worked to craft tough bipartisan sanctions that protect our national security. Contrary to President Trump’s claims that he will use “maximum pressure” to advance America’s interests, his actions will hollow out our sanctions laws and give bad actors a green light to collaborate with our enemies.”

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen: ““There is simply no justification for the President bailing ZTE out and allowing the Chinese company to continue doing business with the U.S. The firm blatantly and repeatedly violated U.S. laws by re-exporting sensitive technologies to rogue regimes in Iran and North Korea. Allowing China, through ZTE, to have access to our critical telecommunications infrastructure is a serious threat to our national security. I’m happy to join Ted in introducing this bill and I hope that Congress can reassert its oversight prerogative in order to prevent misguided, unilateral decisions.”