House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Friday slammed China for its deception on the beginnings of the coronavirus pandemic, accusing the country's actions of leading to the deaths of Americans and people around the world.
"They knew what happened here," the California Republican said on Fox Business' "Mornings with Maria." "They knew where it came from. They would have not opened up the wet markets again if they thought it came from the wet markets. More importantly, they lied to the public, but they lied to their own people."
McCarthy said he has seen reports claiming that if other countries tried to purchase personal protective equipment, China demanded that its state-backed telecommunications giant Huawei be allowed in.
"That is what we're dealing with," said McCarthy. "You know, President [Donald] Trump, when he was candidate Trump, warned us about China. He's gone after China. If there's one thing that should unite America here together is that we never let ourselves be in this position again, from critical minerals and others, ingredients that go into our medicines. The idea that China could put us in this program, tie up the rest of the world and corner the market and utilize that for the supply of what they have in medical equipment to get a better supply chain when it comes to technology to spy on other countries, that is something that we should not stand for, nor allow and change the direction."
America should take its supply chain out of China, as should other countries, he added.
"We should have a coordinated effort that takes all the supply chain out of China, brings it back to America, exactly what President Trump has been trying to do. Democrats try to delay every part about it and that should we not stand for and that's another reason why we need to have the [House] majority."
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