In a Sunday morning interview on Fox News, Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton shared his opinion that the global coronavirus pandemic was a “deliberate” and “malevolent” attack by Chinese government on the world, and that Chinese students “don’t need” visas to study science as he believes they will use this information to spy on the United States.
In the interview on “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News, Cotton said that Chinese leaders wanted the virus to spread because “They did not want to see their relative power and standing in the world decline because the virus was contained,” within China.
Cotton said that “all the circumstantial evidence” points to COVID-19’s origination from a Wuhan laboratory in the Sunday interview; this comes after the World Health Organization’s Tuesday statement that coronavirus “likely” originated from animals, “most probably” bats.
Staunch conservative Tom Cotton assumed office in 2015; he is a former U.S. army captain, Harvard Law-trained attorney and is pro-life, opposed to same sex marriage and chairs the Senate’s Economic Policy Subcommittee, Intelligence Committee, and the Air Land Power Subcommittee.
In arguing for a tougher relationship with China in the future, Cotton said that Chinese students should no longer be allowed to come to the U.S. to pursue certain areas of study: “It’s a scandal to me that we have trained so many of the Chinese communists,” he said. “If Chinese students want to come here and learn Shakespeare and the Federalist Papers—that’s what they need to learn from America; they don’t need to learn quantum computing and artificial intelligence from America.”