Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton is putting the blame on China for spreading the Wuhan virus across the globe.
He is calling for heavy-handed punishment to be meted out against the authoritarian government.
Cotton made waves by casting doubts about allowing “hundreds of thousands of Chinese students to come to our universities.”
On April 23, 2020, Cotton went on Fox News’s Martha MacCallum show to go off on China.
“China is viewed as a pariah state by the American people,” Cotton declared.
He continued sounding off on China:
And not just the American people, by the peoples of our allies all around the world. So you’ve seen in Japan, for example, (Prime Minister) Shinzo Abe proposed billions of dollars to help bring manufacturing (in) China back to Japan. We should pursue a similar set of policy objectives here in the U.S., bringing back our manufacturing base, especially pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing base.
I think we should continue on to other critical fields like telecommunications. China has gotten rich for 30 years off of our manufacturing base. That would be a hammer blow to their economy.
We can open up the American court system so Americans who’ve been grievously harmed by this virus, we will sue Chinese officials.
We can stop allowing hundreds of thousands of Chinese students to come to our universities, many of which are the children of Chinese Communist Party officials. And those things are just the tip of the iceberg in the consequences China must pay.
Cotton pointed out that he has introduced legislation targeting China since the outbreak started. However, he has been active before that, revealing that he has worked with both Democrats and Republicans to “stop China’s ambitions from replacing the United States as the preeminent power in the globe.”
When the Senate gets back together on May 4, “I expect you will begin to see a lot of action trying to check China’s ambitions, trying to make them pay the consequences for unleashing this pandemic on the world, and holding them accountable for tens of thousands of Americans who have died because of their negligence and malevolence,” Cotton stated.
CNSNews reported that Cotton has authored or co-authored a number bill with the aim of containing China:
–A bill that would dramatically increase investment ($43 billion in total) for military infrastructure, weapons, and other assets in the Indo-Pacific region to halt China’s goal of pushing the U.S. out of the Western Pacific;
— A bill that would allow Americans to sue China in federal court to recover damages for death, injury, and economic harm caused by the Wuhan Virus.
— The “Protecting our Pharmaceutical Supply Chain from China Act.
Cotton is urging the U.S. to withdraw the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, because China is allegedly not honoring its side of the treaty. Additionally, he wants the Federal Communications Commission to end China Telecom (Americas) Corp.’s authority to offer telecommunications services to and from the United States.
More information about Cotton’s plan to make China pay a stiff price can be found on his website.
“If China had been up front from the very beginning, been honest about their number of cases, ICU hospitalizations and deaths, then the rest of the world might’ve had its guard up earlier,” Cotton told MacCallum.
“Some studies have suggested we might have cut cases anywhere from 65 percent to 90 percent all around the world if China had been honest from the very beginning.”
This is where America’s geopolitical focus should be directed towards.
The best way to start dealing with China is to immediately restrict immigration from the country.
The immigration aspect of the China question must be addressed.
Chinese students in America have tripled during the last decade, with estimates of 350,000 Chinese nationals currently enrolled in American universities.
It’s an open secret that China is using mass migration as a way to build Fifth Columns in the West and other countries.
Soft power at its finest.
China’s launch can be delayed if the U.S. policymakers put an emphasis on implementing a moratorium on Chinese migration.
There is no need for regime change in China. Instead, there should be more soft power approaches in order to change its behavior and make it act like a responsible international actor.
The Attorney General on His Way Out?: Trump Mulls Firing Bill Barr, Advisers Trying to Dissuade Him
Trump is unhappy about more than just Barr’s recent voter fraud comments.
President Donald Trump is considering firing Attorney General William Barr, with the Washington Post reporting Wednesday evening that Trump “remained livid” at him.
On Tuesday Barr said that the Justice Department did not find evidence of “fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
An unnamed senior administration official told the Post that although Trump is upset about Barr’s comments, he’s also unhappy with Barr about other matters, such as his previous lack of action on the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign and his handling of John Durham.
The president is pressuring Barr to release the “Durham report,” which could implicate officials in using the investigation to target Trump for political reasons. Trump also sees Barr’s secret appointment of Durham to DOJ special counsel as a “stall tactic.”
In the wake of Election Day Attorney General Barr authorized federal prosecutors to “investigate substantial allegations” of voter fraud. But in his comments Tuesday, Barr claimed that “most claims of fraud are very particularized to a particular set of circumstances or actors or conduct.”
“They are not systemic allegations,” said Barr.
Trump may want to fire Barr, but several advisers are trying to persuade him not to, according to the unnamed senior official.
Either way, it’s tough to see how Barr remains attorney general for much longer. If Joe Biden pulls off the steal and gets inaugurated, he will certainly replace Barr with his own AG. And if Trump hangs on for his second and final term, he may very well want to clean house and start afresh.
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