Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton laid out a series of policy prescriptions to punish China for its malfeasance in covering up the now-global coronavirus epidemic while speaking with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on Thursday.
Cotton advocates for an incentive program to encourage American businesses to ‘reshore’ from the communist authoritarian nation from China, restoring American manufacturing capabilities that have been devastated by decades of globalist free trade policies. Japan is already implementing a similar program to bring back industrial assets from the cheap-labor communist country.
“China has gotten rich for 30 years off of our manufacturing base… That would be a hammer blow to their economy.”
Cotton is also questioning the wisdom of admitting hundreds of thousands of Chinese students into science and technology programs at American universities. As of 2018 there were 363,000 Chinese students studying at American universities, many of whom are in PhD programs in which they have access to American scientific and research data otherwise unavailable.
“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.”
Watch Senator Cotton’s remarks on the need to acknowledge the geopolitical and economic threat posed by China to the United States here:
Senator Josh Hawley has also proposed legislation that would allow victims of the coronavirus epidemic to litigate claims against China in American courts. The Chinese government refused to admit that the coronavirus could transmit from human to human in the early stages of the pandemic, allowing the disease to spread internationally in the crucial early stage when it could’ve been contained.
NEW: Joe Biden Bashes Incoming Trump Administration In Leaked 2016 Call to President of Ukraine
Joe Biden speaks in critical and partisan terms of the incoming Trump administration in a new leaked call to the President of Ukraine unveiled Wednesday.
In the call, conducted in November 2016 a week after then-candidate Trump’s election victory, Biden bashes the incoming administration to the foreign leader, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Biden assails the Trump transition team as incompetent, turning down the idea of visiting the country before the January transition before Trump is “fully briefed” on matters related to Ukraine.
In a second call, Biden asks for Poroshenko to describe his conversations with incoming President Trump, going to to speak of Trump in more dismissive terms. He describes Trump as a “dog who caught the car, and who doesn’t know what to do.” Not quite a “dog-faced pony soldier,” but definitely not an appropriate way for an outgoing vice president to describe an incoming president to a foreign leader.
A Ukrainian comedian originally released the calls, suggesting questionable operational security within the conversations of Joe Biden and Poroshenko. Biden has a lengthy history of ethical questions regarding his relationship with Ukraine, including looking the other way as his son Hunter secured an extremely lucrative position at a Ukrainian oil company without any experience whatsoever in the energy industry.
Biden himself would later go on to demand the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating corruption allegations against the younger Biden, a clear conflict of interest Biden merely dismissed when he spoke openly of securing the prosecutor’s firing at a Council on Foreign Relations public event.
This is a totally inappropriate way for a Vice President to speak to a foreign leader, and the public should be concerned about how Biden plans to conduct diplomacy should he be elected President.
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