A House Republican sounded warning bells about China before the CCP Virus hit the world and has been “deeply interested in China” for the past few years.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), told the Daily Caller in an exclusive interview, his foresight into the CCP Virus that surfaced at the time in China, was due to his attention to China as a military threat.
As a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Republican co-chair of the Future of Defense Task Force, Banks said, “We’ve been working very specifically on addressing our military and building a military that can confront the China threat for the foreseeable future.”
As he was working on matters relating to China, which included Huawei and the strength of China’s army and navy, Banks latched onto reports on Twitter out of Wuhan of doctors and citizens being silenced over their disclosure about the virus, “Back in January, we started seeing a lot of traffic on Twitter from anti-CCP figures and both Hong Kong and in mainland China.”
“That’s where we started seeing reports of doctors being jailed for speaking out about the virus and Wu Han. We started seeing journalists jailed and even disappearing for speaking out about the spread of COVID-19,” he said.
When an Israeli biological war expert floated a theory that the virus may have originated in a Wuhan laboratory that has links to a “covert biological weapons program” Banks highlighted it in a Jan. 27 tweet. “We floated that tweet as a message to other leaders on the Hill and the administration about what we could potentially be facing,” Banks said.
He added, “Now we know so much more. In hindsight, we know now that unfortunately, we were right.”
Banks said he wishes that “we would have beat the drum even louder” and called on his “colleagues and the administration to do more about it.”
He compared the CCP Virus to the Spanish flu of 1917 when on Jan. 31, HHS Secretary Alex Azar declared the coronavirus a public health emergency and ordered that all U.S. citizens returning from China be quarantined for two weeks, reported Daily Caller.
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) January 31, 2020
“It wouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who has been following China’s actions, their misinformation campaign, their propaganda, apparatus, and effort, that we would see many of the actions that we’ve seen come out of China,” Banks said.
The White House coronavirus task force has anticipated the United States that between 100,000 to 200,000 deaths will result from the CCP Virus before the pandemic has run its course.