Senator David Perdue Comments On White House Meeting About ZTE Penalty

“We made serious strides in solving ZTE issues in defense bill”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) comments on his meeting with President Trump about removing short-sighted ZTE language in the Senate’s annual defense bill:

“Today, we made serious strides in solving the ZTE issues in the defense bill. President Trump should not have his hands tied as he engages in major negotiations dealing with trade and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Our shared goal must be to make America the best place in the world to do business, and Congress should not undercut our commander-in-chief during these critical negotiations on the world stage. After today’s meeting at the White House, I am confident we will get this worked out before the final bill lands on the President’s desk.”

Last week, over the objections of Senator Perdue, language was added to the Senate’s annual defense bill that will undermine President Trump and the Commerce Department’s ruling to impose its harshest fines and most severe penalties ever against the Chinese-company, ZTE. Senator Perdue took action.

Senator Perdue called out his Senate colleagues for trying to undercut President Trump on these ongoing trade negotiations with China. 

“I’m tired of senators trying to undercut President Trump at every turn, especially in the middle of a negotiating process…I believe it will undercut our ability to negotiate, and it jeopardizes our negotiators credibility,” said Senator Perdue.

Senator Perdue introduced an amendment that would prevent Congress from limiting the export control authority of the Commerce Department, while still prohibiting the entire U.S. government from purchasing ZTE products:

“The Commerce Department has leveled a harsh but justified penalty. However, the current NDAA manager’s package would trample on the separation of powers and undercut the Trump Administration’s authority to impose these penalties,” said Senator Perdue.

Senator Perdue is working to strip out language that restricts the Trump Administration’s ability to settle the ZTE issues when the chambers of Congress meet to conference their respective defense bills. The Conference Committee is expected to meet later this summer. After the Conference Committee reconciles the differences in both bills, the final product will be sent to both chambers of Congress for a vote before heading to the President’s desk to be signed into law.


Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.