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.
President Trump Rules Out Deploying Troops to Restore Order, Even as Riots Show No Signs of Slowing Down
Trump has opted to not show strength in the face of this crisis.
Just one day after President Donald Trump said he was willing to send military forces into states across the country to put down riots, he is reportedly backing off of the idea.
According to administration officials, Trump is happy with the result of yesterday’s enforcement measures during the riots – which included law enforcement officials being shot and police getting hit by SUVs. He will not be using the Insurrection Act to put troops on the streets to restore order anytime soon.
“The law is absolutely still on the table if things get really bad, but as of now he doesn’t think it’s going to have to go that far,” an administration official said to Axios.
“As President Trump has said, we cannot allow the voices of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by angry mobs, which is why the President will continue to take lawful, decisive action to stop the violence and restore the security of all Americans,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said.
Trump made the pivot after RINO Republicans whined about his harsh rhetoric as the country burns due to extreme left-wing riots.
“I don’t think the Pentagon’s keen on getting brought into this unless they absolutely have to. We need to restore order, but using active duty military troops in circumstances like this is a fairly rare occurrence,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Tuesday.
“I would prefer that these things be handled by the state and local authorities,” Sen. John Thune (R-SD) said. “You want to de-escalate, rather than escalate.”
Yesterday, Trump declared that he would show zero tolerance for any more rioting and looting in the streets:
President Donald Trump announced tonight that he will deploy military force in cities that are gripped by riots if blue-state governors do not get their acts in order and do so soon.
“My first and highest duty as president is to defend our great country and the American people,” Trump said in his speech. “I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation and that is exactly what I will do.”
Trump made it clear that he is an “ally of all peaceful protesters” who are protesting about injustices committed against George Floyd, who died during a police encounter with former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. However, Trump will not allow the rioters to disgrace Floyd’s memory with their looting and wanton property destruction.
Trump announced that he would deploy “thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers” in order to restore order in American cities. These forces could be deployed as soon as tonight considering how blue-state governors have done so poorly at keeping their states safe.
Earlier in the day, Trump had criticized governors throughout the country for their “weak” response to the growing violence.
President Trump has backed off at least temporarily from his boasts, showing yet again that his bark is much worse than his bite.
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