U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) spoke with Stuart Varney on Fox Business today about China’s continuing threat to national security in the wake of the FBI’s announcement that Chinese state-linked hackers are attempting to steal coronavirus information from the U.S.

Watch her interview HERE and transcript below:

 

STUARY VARNEY: All right, Blake Burman. Look, that's good stuff. Now it is official, it is a warning, watch out, they're looking for our research. Blake, good stuff. Joining us now, Senator Martha McSally. Senator, I'm sure you heard this. What's your reaction?

SEN. MARTHA MCSALLY: Well, I’ve said it many times, Stuart. I’ve never trusted communists. This shows again that Communist China is continuing to hack into our systems to try and steal our technology. This is just another example. They’ve been doing this all along but people are more mindful of their behavior with the coronavirus because of their lies and coverup but this is no surprise to those of us, I've been doing national security for a long time and we've been watching them steal and hack into our research and our technology for many decades. They need to be held accountable and it needs to stop.

VARNEY: Now, I believe you've got a bill which would allow ordinary people, myself, yourself, other people, to sue directly, sue China and seek compensation in American courts. That is what you want, right?

MCSALLY: Yes. They're responsible for the death of over 80,000 Americans. They, their coverup, their communist plot here for them to continue to have lies and disinformation. They destroyed samples, they’ve silenced doctors, they kicked out journalists. They are responsible for the deaths of Americans. So it’s a very narrow exception to the Sovereign Immunities Act that will hold them accountable for those who have been harmed, which are many people in America who are mourning their loved ones right now. Both the loss of life and the loss of livelihood.

VARNEY: So, do you have to make a special exception in this instance?

MCSALLY: We do. This legislation is with Marsha Blackburn and it allows a very narrow exception for this instance, that they have unleashed this bio agent, again not saying it is manufactured, but they have unleashed it because of their lying and their coverup, their irresponsibility, their reckless endangerment. The UK study showed that if they acted three weeks earlier, there would be 95% less cases. They’re responsible. They need to be held accountable. It is a very narrow exception.

VARNEY: Does the State Department, Mike Pompeo and the President, do they approve of this because that branches right out into foreign policy?

MCSALLY: Well, I think we need an all-of-the-above approach using all elements of national power to hold China accountable. This is one of them. It’s a legislative approval, so we need to work it through that process. In addition, there’s other things we can use in foreign policy, sanctions and other things, diplomatic, economic. I think we're entering a new Cold War in many ways, Stuart and the rest of the world needs to wake up to China's reckless behavior and the path they’ve been on to try and supplant us as the leader of the world and it needs to stop. 

VARNEY: Senator, you're from Arizona that is your state. Am I right this saying that the governor, Governor Ducey is telling sports teams, ‘Hey, come to my state. You can return to the games on Saturday?’ Is he opening up Arizona to professional sports?

MCSALLY: Yes. He made the announcement yesterday. We've always been a great destination state. Come to Arizona. It is a great place to work and live. We love to host the sports teams there from any sports. There’s nothing like baseball to unify Americans. People are tired of watching reruns of games where they already know the outcome. So I appreciate the decision by Governor Ducey. We welcome any team to come to our beautiful state and play.

 Background:

  • On May 4, Senators McSally, Blackburn, and Daines introduced the the Stop China-Originated Viral Infectious Diseases (COVID) Act to ensure the Chinese Communist Party faces consequences for its role in spreading the coronavirus.
  • On April 20, Sen. McSally and Blackburn announced their intent to introduce the STOP COVID Act.
  • On April 15, Sen. McSally spoke with Fox Business about the letter she sent to the WHO requesting information about its role in the Chinese government’s coronavirus cover-up.
  • On April 14, Sen. McSally sent a letter to the WHO requesting information ahead of a congressional hearing to investigate the WHO’s role in helping Communist China cover up information regarding the threat of the coronavirus.
  • On April 9, Sen. McSally urged leading international health and wildlife organizations to take aggressive action toward a permanent global ban of live wildlife markets, also known as wet markets
  • On April 8, Sen. McSally sent a letter to the UN opposing the appointment of a Chinese official to the United Nations Human Rights Council Consultative Group.
  • On April 7, Sen. McSally told Fox News that China was to blame for deaths of thousands of Americans.
  • On April 2, Sen. McSally called for the immediate banning of China’s wet markets following reports they have reopened despite being linked to the first cases of COVID-19 in the country’s Hubei province.
  • On April 1, Sen. McSally called for the Director-General of the World Health Organization to resign.
  • On March 25, Sen. McSally cosponsored Senator Josh Hawley’s (R-Mo.) resolution calling for an international investigation into the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) cover-up of the early spread of COVID-19.
  • On March 20, Sen. McSally called on America to stop outsourcing to China the manufacturing of items that are critical to our national security.
  • On March 5, Sen. McSally urged local and state officials to turn down any transportation project bids from companies owned by or affiliated with the Chinese government. 
  • On March 4, Sen. McSally introduced a bipartisan resolution calling on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to move the 2022 Winter Olympics out of China and rebid it to a country unless Beijing addresses its violation of human rights.

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