/Senator Tom Cotton Ramps Up Anti-China Rhetoric, Says Chinese Students Should Be Banned From U.S. (via Qpute.com)

Senator Tom Cotton Ramps Up Anti-China Rhetoric, Says Chinese Students Should Be Banned From U.S. (via Qpute.com)


TOPLINE

In a Sunday morning interview on Fox News, Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton shared his opinion that the global coronavirus pandemic was a “deliberate” and “malevolent” attack by Chinese government on the world, and that Chinese students “don’t need” visas to study science as he believes they will use this information to spy on the United States. 

KEY FACTS

In the interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo, Cotton said that Chinese leaders wanted the virus to spread because “They did not want to see their relative power and standing in the world decline because the virus was contained,” within China.

Cotton said that “all the circumstantial evidence” points to COVID-19’s origination from a Wuhan laboratory in the Sunday interview; this comes after the World Health Organization’s Tuesday statement that coronavirus “likely” originated from animals, “most probably” bats. 

Staunch conservative Tom Cotton assumed office in 2015; he is a former U.S. army captain, Harvard Law-trained attorney and is pro-life, opposed to same sex marriage and chairs the Senate’s Economic Policy Subcommittee, Intelligence Committee, and the Air Land Power Subcommittee.

In arguing for a tougher relationship with China in the future, Cotton said that Chinese students should no longer be allowed to come to the U.S. to pursue certain areas of study: “It’s a scandal to me that we have trained so many of the Chinese communists,” he said. “If Chinese students want to come here and learn Shakespeare and the Federalist Papers—that’s what they need to learn from America; they don’t need to learn quantum computing and artificial intelligence from America.”

On April 25, Cotton and Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw wrote a Fox News op-ed saying that they introduced legislation that would “allow Americans to sue China in U.S. federal courts” for “‘death, injury, and economic harm caused by China’s reckless and reprehensible response to the COVID-19 outbreak.” 

Critical quote

“I’m skeptical of any promises made by any communist and the Chinese communists don’t have a very good record of keeping their promises,” said Cotton.

Key background

An already tense relationship between China and the U.S. has become quite complicated amid the pandemic. Right wing leaders and media have propelled the notion that COVID-19 spread from a lab in Wuhan, though the World Health Organization says it “likely” came from animals, not a lab. On Saturday, the Trump administration said that China is trying to steal coronavirus research, reporting cyberattacks on government agencies and medical institutions involved in combating the coronavirus crisis. Currently travelers who have been to China in the last 14 days, along with a slew of other countries, are not allowed to enter the United States.

Further Reading

Sen. Cotton, Rep. Crenshaw: Coronavirus Has Destroyed Countless Lives – Here’s How To Make China Pay (Fox News)

Coronavirus and the Laboratories in Wuhan (Wall Street Journal)

WHO Says Coronavirus Came From An Animal And Was Not Made In A Lab (USA Today)

April 26, 2020: Senator Cotton Joins Sunday Morning Futures (YouTube)

‘They are trying to steal everything.’ US coronavirus response hit by foreign hackers (CNN)

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