President Trump said at the G20 Summit in Japan on Sunday that the U.S. would be lifting some restrictions on Huawei Technologies that have barred American companies from selling technology to the Chinese communication equipment maker.

As long as the transactions don’t present a “great, national emergency problem,” then U.S. companies can sell their equipment to Huawei, President Trump said at the summit.

The move upset some of Trump’s allies in Congress, who implored the President to reverse course back to maintaining the restrictions that were put in place earlier this year.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., took his frustrations to Twitter by saying Congress would ensure restrictions on Huawei remain intact if the President maintains his new position on loosening restrictions.

“If President Trump has in fact bargained away the recent restrictions on Huawei, then we will have to get those restrictions put back in place through legislation,” Sen. Rubio wrote. “And it will pass with a large veto proof majority.”

In a string of tweets on Saturday, Trump claimed that allowing U.S. companies to sell to Huawei would not impact national security and that negotiations involving previously installed tariffs on China are ongoing.

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Jordan Smith is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.