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Senator Cotton On China: ‘It’s Time To Start Delinking Our Two Economies’

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) told Fox News on Friday night that it was time for the United States to start “delinking” its economy from communist China’s economy as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Chinese Communist Party has been waging an information war against the United States, they have their ambassadors all around the world telling the countries that host them that this virus originated with American soldiers, not with the city of Wuhan and Hubei province in China,” Cotton said. “They are engaged in online disinformation campaigns as well.

That’s why it’s so important we remain clear about why this virus originated – in China – and the fact that China could have kept it [to being] probably a local health challenge in Wuhan and Hubei province as opposed to unleashing a global pandemic on the world.”

Cotton continued, “Let me give you one example of Beijing’s treachery. On January 23rd, they shut down air travel from Wuhan to every other Chinese city – couldn’t go to Beijing, couldn’t go to Shanghai, couldn’t go to Shenzhen, but you could still travel to any city around the world with direct flights from Wuhan to include New York and San Francisco.

That meant that thousands of cases were being seeded all around the world before the W. H.O. and China were even acknowledging human to human transmission. China was looking out for its own people by shutting down domestic travel while continuing to let this virus spread all around the world.”

“It’s time to start delinking our two economies,” Cotton concluded. “This happened over 30 years as a result of deliberate policy choices made in Washington. Those were bad choices. We can reverse it through good choices. That has to start with the most urgent. That’s why I have legislation that will bring back pharmaceutical manufacturing and the production of medical devices and supplies in short order, but then it has to continue to other critical fields as well, like 5G telecommunications equipment or other advanced manufacturing and technology products. We simply cannot allow our people to be dependent on the Chinese Communist Party for our health, safety, security, and economic prosperity.”

Sen. Tom Cotton rips China for their transparent and dangerous coronavirus propaganda campaign and the WHO for their effort to protect China. pic.twitter.com/9X4O7lYr7F

FOX NEWS HOST BILL HEMMER: The world health organization as you know is under a ton of scrutiny. One of the more vocal critics has been Senator Tom Cotton who penned a piece today on foxnews.com, the Senator is with me tonight. Sir, good evening to you and thank you for your time on this Good Friday for being here. You characterize this as an information war, let’s start there, go ahead and make your case. SENATOR TOM COTTON (R-AR): The Chinese Communist Party has been waging an information war against the United States, they have their ambassadors all around the world telling the countries that host them that this virus originated with American soldiers, not with the city of Wuhan and Hubei province in China. They ar… (Read more)

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