California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom refuses to reveal the details of the nearly $1 billion purchase of protective masks from a company regulated by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Newson’s refusal has been criticized as a lack of transparency amid claims against the Chinese regime for its controversial handling of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus outbreak, which causes so much damage around the world, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“As a nation-state, with the capacity to write a check for hundreds of millions, no billions, of dollars, we’re in a position to do something bold and big,” Newsom said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle on April 8.
Newsom’s lawyers maintained their refusal to make public the contract with the Chinese-regulated car manufacturer BYD.
Several lawmakers had already asked the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) for a copy of the contract in April when Newsom reported the deal.
The purchase is for 200 million masks per month—including 150 million N95 respirator masks and 50 million surgical masks—for two months.
Details of the deal with the Chinese-regulated company raised suspicions, to the extent that Democratic Assemblyman Richard Bloom said that details of the deal “are very murky.”
“Under normal circumstances, the Legislature would have had more time to deliberate an expenditure of this magnitude and would have been allowed to thoroughly vet the details of the contract before proceeding,” said state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-L.A.).
The Chinese regime’s erratic handling of the CCP Virus outbreak has caused so much controversy that global anti-CCP sentiment is at its highest level since the 1989 crackdown on thousands of deaths in Tiananmen Square.
Tensions between the United States and the CCP are rising daily, as other countries are calling for an independent investigation to shed light on the facts.
The CCP refuses to be investigated, even rejecting the participation of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the studies of the pandemic, carried out in China.