The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump was expected to try and get the ZTE sales ban stripped out of the final version of the bill. The House has already passed a version of the bill that does not contain the sales ban.
The US has a system whereby unrelated legislation can be tagged together before being voted on and the ZTE ban reinstatement was tagged on to the National Defence Authorisation Act, which specifies the yearly budget and expenditure of the Department of Defence.
ZTE agreed to a deal with the US Department of Commerce on 8 June, saying it would pay a fine of US$1 billion and and overhaul its management in order to lift a ban on doing business with American suppliers.
The ban came about in April because the company had not adhered to part of an agreement it reached with the US after it was found to have violated sanctions on exporting equipment to Iran and North Korea.
It agreed to pay a fine and also make staff changes; the latter part of the agreement was not carried out and it was then hit with a seven-year ban on importing components from American companies.
Trump is to meet Republicans in the House on Tuesday evening (Wednesday AEST) and the following day with Republicans in the Senate; the changing of the bill is expected to figure at both meetings.
The reinstatement of the sales ban was led by Senators Tom Cotton (Republican – Arkansas), Marco Rubio (Republican – Florida), Chuck Schumer (Democrat – New York) and Chris Van Hollen (Democrat – Maryland).
ZTE resumed trading on the Hong Kong stock exchange last Wednesday. Its shares plunged nearly 40% when trading began, knocking off about US$3 billion from the company's value.