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Rubio on ZTE: We Got Played Again And This Cannot Continue to Happen

Jul 23, 2018 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) appeared on CNN this evening and discussed the bipartisan ZTE provision that was removed from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) FY 2019 Conference Report to reinstate penalties against Chinese telecom company ZTE.
A rough excerpt of Rubio’s remarks is below:
I don’t understand. If we know for a fact that no country in the world spies on us more than China does, no country in the world steals intellectual property from us more than China does, and they used their telecommunications companies to do it, installing back doors into routers, all sorts of things, why we would allow them to remain in business in the United States? That applies to ZTE. That applies even more to Huawei. So that’s why knowing that and knowing what my colleagues know about ZTE, I don’t understand why they would give in so easily, so quickly and cave on something that would have put them out of business by denying them access to U.S. semiconductors. It makes no sense to me. But we got played again and this cannot continue to happen