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Grassley on China’s Mishandling of the Coronavirus

Mar 26, 2020
Prepared Floor Remarks by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
On China’s Mishandling of the Coronavirus
Delivered on Wednesday, March 25, 2020
 
Some pundits and even members of this body have suggested that it is inappropriate to criticize the Chinese Communist Party for its mishandling of the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China because it distracts from bashing the president.
 
We went from mainstream media outlets routinely referring to the virus by its origin to this being totally politically incorrect.
 
There is an excellent timeline published by Axios that lays out the Chinese cover up that prevented early action to contain the virus.
 
The Chinese pro-democracy activist, Wei Jingsheng, warns that General Secretary Xi is ordering people back to work prematurely, risking another massive outbreak of what he calls “Wuhan Pneumonia”.
 
Telling the truth about the Chinese Communist Party’s misdeeds does not preclude talking about how we can improve our own response.
 
We can learn from free countries like South Korea, which has been able to contain a widespread outbreak, and Taiwan and Japan, who appear to have been able to prevent widespread outbreaks.
 
This is not a time for political correctness or political point scoring to get in the way of telling the truth or working together in a clear-eyed way to address the challenges at hand.
 
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