White House working with Senate leaders on ZTE issue 21 Hours Ago | 01:02 The White House opposes a Senate proposal to block President Donald Trump's deal to revive Chinese telecommunications company ZTE. The Trump administration is working with Senate leaders to change language included in a defense authorization bill the chamber is set to pass this week, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said Wednesday. The House has already passed a separate defense bill without the ZTE language. The administration prefers that legislation, according to Short. The White House could push for the revision later in the legislative process when the two chambers try to reconcile their proposals.