Chuck Grassley

United States Senator from Iowa

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Grassley on the World Health Organization Aiding in China’s Coronavirus Cover-up

May 19, 2020
Prepared Floor Remarks by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
On the World Health Organization Aiding in China’s Coronavirus Cover-up
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
 
I’m deeply concerned about reports that China began hoarding medical supplies in early January while working to prevent the World Health Organization from sounding the alarm about the pandemic. 
 
By analyzing international trade data, the Department of Homeland Security assessed that the Chinese government intentionally concealed the severity of COVID-19 from the world in early January in order to stockpile medical supplies. 
 
Furthermore, the Chinese Communist Party government tried to hide its actions by denying there were any export restrictions. 
 
They even tried to obscure and delay their trade data so they wouldn’t get caught.  
 
These acts are outrageous.
 
Even worse, the CIA and foreign intelligence agencies have found evidence that China threatened the World Health Organization to stop cooperating on efforts to combat COVID-19 if the Organization declared a global health emergency early on. 
 
This is simply unacceptable behavior. 
 
The Chinese Communist Party ought to be held accountable for the countless lives lost around the globe due to its nontransparent, aggressive and inhumane behavior.
 
The World Health Organization is comprised of many honorable and dedicated medical professionals who believe in the WHO’s mission. 
 
If any of them were privy to what was going on, they ought to step forward and shine the light on any misdeeds by the Organization’s leadership. 
 
Whistleblowers are necessary to prevent corruption within any institution, which is why I have a longstanding reputation for protecting whistleblowers. 
 
The world deserves to know what the World Health Organization leaders knew and when they knew it. 
 
The evidence is quickly becoming crystal clear. China is responsible for tremendous suffering worldwide through its lies and active cover-up. 
 
Telling the truth about the Chinese Communist Party does not, as some have suggested, have any bearing on how we analyze our domestic response. 
 
We should learn from democratic countries that have been successful in containing outbreaks, like Taiwan and South Korea. 
 
However, going forward, everyone around the world should have their eyes open about the true nature of the Chinese regime.
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