Senate braces for Trump showdown over Chinese telecom giant:

Senate braces for Trump showdown over Chinese telecom giant:

The Senate is speeding toward a confrontation with President Trump over his plan to revive the Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE.

Senators are poised to pass legislation as part of a mammoth defense bill on Monday evening to block the administration’s deal, despite fierce pushback from the White House.

Lawmakers raced to block the deal after the Commerce Department announced it had agreed to lift penalties against ZTE in exchange for the company paying a $1 billion fine and embedding a U.S.-selected compliance team into the firm.

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