Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) on Thursday, May 14, issued a defiant tweet in response to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) threat to sanction GOP politicians who have criticized the regime’s handling of the CCP Virus (coronavirus) outbreak.

“So apparently I’m on the Chinese government’s radar now,” Crenshaw, a retired lieutenant commander with the United States Navy, said. “Good. Bring it.”

“China is extremely dissatisfied with the abuse of litigation by the United States against the CCP over the CCP Virus epidemic, and is considering punitive countermeasures against U.S. individuals, entities, and state officials” who filed a lawsuit against the CCP, and sought compensation for the pandemic, reported the Global Times, the CCP’s state media outlet.

“At least four U.S. Congress members, including Josh Hawley and Tom Cotton, and two entities will be put on China’s [the CCP’s) sanctions list, analysts said,” it added. “China [the CCP] won’t just strike back symbolically, but will impose countermeasures that will make them feel the pain.”

In April, Crenshaw and Rep. Tim Cotton (R-Ark.) introduced a bill that would allow Americans to sue the CCP in federal court to recover damages for health and economic harm caused by the CCP Virus.

“We need to hold the Chinese government accountable for their malicious lies and coverup that allowed the coronavirus to spread across the world. The communist regime expelled journalists, silenced whistleblowers, and withheld vital information that delayed the global response to the pandemic. Simply put: their actions cost American lives and livelihoods. This bill will help ensure China’s [CCP’s] actions are not without consequences,” said Crenshaw.

The CCP has been under scrutiny for its response to the outbreak and covering up information about the virus’s origins and its transmission at the early stage of the outbreak. In the United States, Missouri became the first state to sue the CCP and at least six lawsuits have been filed against the CCP in U.S. federal courts.

“Republicans who have been groundlessly accusing China [the CCP] and inflaming the ‘holding China accountable’ political farce will face severe consequences,” the Global Times states, citing sources. “Noting that the aftermath will also impact the upcoming November elections, while business and trade between Missouri and China will be further soured.”

President Donald Trump continues his strong stance against the CCP over its handling of the pandemic. The Trump administration on Monday cut investment ties between U.S. federal retirement funds and Chinese equities. The president on Thursday even threatened to “cut off the whole relationship” with the CCP. 

“Now, if you did, what would happen?,” President Trump asked during an interview with FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo. “You’d save $500 billion if you cut off the whole relationship.”

“We asked to go over and they said no. They didn’t want our help. And I figured that was OK because they must know what they are doing. So it was either stupidity, incompetence, or deliberate,” he added.

Also on Thursday, the U.S. Senate approved a bill that was titled the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 to sanction CCP officials responsible for forced labor camps in the region of Xinjiang.