Skip to main content
Tags: josh hawley | wuhan virus | outbreak

Josh Hawley: 'Overwhelmed' China Can't Be Trusted to Handle Outbreak

workers in suining, china, pack bottles of disinfectant
Workers in Suining, China, pack bottles of disinfectant to help battle the coronavirus outbreak. (Chinatopix Via AP)

By    |   Thursday, 13 February 2020 12:45 PM EST

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., said Thursday that the Chinese government's reports on the status of the coronavirus epidemic in the country cannot be trusted, as "they are not leveling with anybody" about what's happening.

"I think the Chinese government has not been honest at all about this," Hawley said on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" Thursday, after saying he had been briefed twice by the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services and was really, really concern[ed]" about what he heard.

"They are completely overwhelmed at this point," Hawley said of the Chinese government. "They are not leveling with anybody, certainly not with us."

Chinese health officials on Thursday confirmed more than 15,000 new infections of the coronavirus, and the Chinese Communist Party secretaries of Hubei province and its capital city of Wuhan, where the outbreak originated, have been ousted. The Chinese national health commission has confirmed more than 59,000 coronavirus cases and 1,300 deaths from the virus.

Hawley said on Thursday that the Chinese Communist Party caused a "global health epidemic as a result of their campaign of misinformation and "because they have not addressed this head-on and they weren't prepared."

He added, "What that means for us is we have got to take every step in this country to keep our citizens safe — to keep our travelers safe. And because China certainly is not going to do it."

Theodore Bunker

Theodore Bunker, a Newsmax writer, has more than a decade covering news, media, and politics.

© 2024 Newsmax. All rights reserved.


Politics
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., said Thursday that the Chinese government's reports on the status of the coronavirus epidemic in the country cannot be trusted, as "they are not leveling with anybody" about what's happening.
josh hawley, wuhan virus, outbreak
232
2020-45-13
Thursday, 13 February 2020 12:45 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
TOP

Interest-Based Advertising | Do not sell or share my personal information

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
Get the NewsmaxTV App for iOS Get the NewsmaxTV App for Android Scan QR code to get the NewsmaxTV App
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved