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Sen. Tom Cotton to Newsmax TV: China 'Criminally Negligent'

(Newsmax TV's "Spicer & Co.")

By    |   Wednesday, 06 May 2020 08:43 PM

China's response to the coronavirus pandemic was "criminally negligent," Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., told Newsmax TV.

"No matter what the origins of this virus were, China's response to it was criminally negligent," Cotton told Wednesday's "Spicer & Co." "So they knew probably by early December, mid-December at the very latest this virus was both highly contagious and very deadly for some people."

Cotton continued, "Yet they continued to tell the world and pressure the WHO [World Health Organization] to say that it was not transmissible between humans, they continued to say that it was under control, and they continued to allow air travel from mainland China to the rest of the world."

Cotton said Democrats have not shown much outrage toward China's irresponsible behavior, which makes it harder to crack down on the Asian superpower for its role in causing the pandemic. 

"Trump derangement syndrome has a guiding principle," Cotton said, adding "if Donald Trump says something is bad then it must be good, and vice versa."

Trump issued a temporary ban Jan. 31 on anyone who visited China 14 days before their arrival to the United States. Yet, Democrats still attacked the president for the emergency measure, calling it racist, even while some said it saved lives.

"And since the president has pointed out that this virus has started in China, the most plausible explanation for it is Chinese negligence and malevolence, then, unfortunately, a lot of Democrats have been coming to China's defense, and they'd rather defend the Chinese communist party than prove Donald Trump correct," Cotton said.

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