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Congresswoman Elise M. Stefanik (NY-21) Watertown Daily Times

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik wants China to pay the U.S. and other nations for the impact of the coronavirus. The virus originated in China, and Ms. Stefanik says its spread throughout the world could have been largely prevented.

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Ms. Stefanik introduced a resolution Tuesday calling for an international investigation into a cover-up of the early spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Health officials in the Chinese City of Wuhan were warned about the coronavirus as early as Dec. 27, but its government has been criticized for not issuing public warnings soon enough.

Two doctors in Wuhan, Ai Fen and Li Wenliang, took to the social media app WeChat on Dec. 30 to warn the public about the new virus, but were both reprimanded for “spreading rumors.” After Li died from COVID-19 on Feb. 7 public outrage led the Chinese Communist party to conduct a report exonerating him.

A study by the University of Southampton states that had the country seriously intervened three weeks earlier than it did it could have caused a 95% reduction in cases.

“The Communist government of China knowingly withheld critical information needed to combat the spread of the Chinese-born COVID-19 and to this day continues to spread lies and disinformation on the origin of the deadly virus,” Ms. Stefanik wrote in a press release. “There is no doubt that China’s unconscionable decision to orchestrate an elaborate coverup of the wide-ranging and deadly implications of coronavirus led to the death of thousands of people, including hundreds of Americans, and climbing. This Resolution calls for China to provide compensation for the harm, loss and destruction their arrogance brought upon the rest of the world. Simply put — China must, and will, be held accountable.”

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, has introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

Hawley wrote in the news release that the Chinese government, “was aware of the reality of the virus as early as December but ordered laboratories to destroy samples and forced doctors to keep silent.”

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(20) comments

Macbones

Good luck with that. All the republicans said this was less than the flu & buy the dip 3 weeks ago. 15 cases to zero in a week said Elise’s orange God.

keyser soze

“Vox, Guardian are to news as what Aesop Fables are to real history.” “ Politico, seriously?”

While existing in their alternate reality, Trump’s ill-advised disciples like to claim the unscientific method of knowing the ‘truth’ or receiving validation through their cult leader; no other process of discovery is really acceptable or credible in their vacuous minds.

Okay, so just for heck of it, let’s take a look at what a conservative web site has to say about the president and his administration’s glaring collapse in their response to Covid-19.

Warnings Ignored: A Timeline of Trump’s COVID-19 Response:

“…For ten weeks President Trump downplayed the threat of and ignored warnings about the potential severity of COVID-19 with a series of lies, exaggerations, and outright fabrications that have been well documented. And yet despite the video record of the president’s words, the White House is trying to establish an alternate reality where in which Trump was a competent, focused leader who saved American people from the coronavirus.

If only it were true…”

https://thebulwark.com/warnings-ignored-a-timeline-of-trumps-covid-19-response/

hermit thrush

yeah but the bulwark is run by principled conservatives whose adherence to their principles has led them to oppose trump. which means that the cult members will instantly reject it, just like everything else.

Holmes -- the real one

Breitbart.

But, truth is they cult will no doubt reject this too.

https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2020/03/26/gingrich-trump-admin-didnt-mobilize-the-first-couple-of-weeks-of-outbreak/

hermit thrush

“There is no doubt that China’s unconscionable decision to orchestrate an elaborate coverup of the wide-ranging and deadly implications of coronavirus led to the death of thousands of people, including hundreds of Americans, and climbing. This Resolution calls for China to provide compensation for the harm, loss and destruction their arrogance brought upon the rest of the world. Simply put — China must, and will, be held accountable.”

trump knew about the coronavirus threat in january yet did next to nothing. what about holding him accountable?

Holmes

Thanks to all for spouting weak-knee progressive jibber-jabber that shows absolutely no understanding of how power conflicts work. Rep. Stefanik is doing what every other member of Congress is doing. She is not shirking her duties to her constituents. However, she and Sen Hawley ARE letting China, but more importantly the progressive side of the fence that unfortunately has a platform in the US, know that this will not be forgotten and will be handled simultaneously with our efforts to pull ourselves out of it. Thanks, comrades, for your ridiculous and unfounded criticism of a patriot and true public servant. As Lincoln said of Grant, "At least he fights." At least Stefanik and Hawley are fighting for us, and fighting now before people like you defocus them onto other things, letting the CCP off the hook yet again.

hermit thrush

now more than ever, it is important to find something to distract from trump's failures.

rockloper

Does this sound familiar folks? If electected I, and I alone, will make 'Ghina' pay for the damages done by COVID-19. LOL

Holmes

Maybe Taxin Tedra could just place one of her 'taxes' on China? That would solve everything.

rockloper

Since she's totally wasting time I think she should through in district 21 as a sanctuary district to impress her ignorant base.

Holmes

I don't think I'd call 132,000 people ignorant not a very good political strategy..

Holmes -- the real one

The definition of ignorance is "lacking knowledge or information." Sadly, that is an accurate description of quite a number of people.

Is it wrong to exploit people's ignorance? Is it wrong to lie to people, telling them what you think they want to hear rather than the truth?

Gracie02

Trump seems to think Corona is under his control like many of the boot lickers who surround him... with the exception of Fauci...who'll soon get booted since he's contradicting POTUS.. God help us!

Holmes -- the real one

Projection much Elise?

This is what YOU supported HERE IN AMERICA in the treatment of our own country, our own citizens:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/mar/24/trump-cuts-undermine-coronavirus-containment-cdc-watchdog-report

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/3/23/21190713/coronavirus-trump-china-cdc-embed-quick

Holmes

Vox, Guardian are to news as what Aesop Fables are to real history.

Holmes -- the real one

Thanks for providing testimony from the "Trump is the only source of information that I really trust" segment of the population. How is that working out for you? Are those 15 cases down to zero yet?

Macbones

Let’s have your buddy Trump pay for it. 2 weeks ago he said it was 15 cases going to zero, right?

Holmes -- the real one

Trump team failed to follow NSC’s pandemic playbook

The 69-page document, finished in 2016, provided a step by step list of priorities – which were then ignored by the administration.

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/25/trump-coronavirus-national-security-council-149285

Gee thanks, Elise, for supporting the policies of Trump.

Perhaps Trump and enthusiastic supporters like you should get out your checkbooks and reimburse Americans for YOUR part in worsening the impact of this illness. Pushing for tax breaks for the richest while putting the remainder of American citizens in jeopardy --- interesting priorities.

We see through you Elise.

Holmes

Politico, seriously? The claim that Trump team failed to follow NSC's so called 'pandemic playbook' isn't just unwarranted. It's fake news.

hermit thrush

"fake news" is simply what wingnuts say when the encounter facts they can't handle.

the level of denial here is staggering.

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