House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) accused top Democrats of “siding” with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) over comments that they made on a wide range of issues.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Friday, July 24, condemned the Trump administration for shutting down the Chinese Consulate in Houston. Schiff acknowledged that the CCP is “a bad actor” and engaged in criminal activity against the United States. Still, the president’s decision to close the consulate was a “very dramatic and sudden escalation with China.” It is “all about politics.”
The State Department ordered the Chinese Consulate in Houston to close on Wednesday “in order to protect American intellectual property” and the “private information” of U.S. citizens. It accused the CCP of engaging “for years in massive illegal spying and influence operations throughout the United States against U.S. government officials and American citizens.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week called the diplomatic facility “a hub of spying and IP theft.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said the consulate was a “massive spy center [and] forcing it to close is long overdue.”
This week, U.S. authorities announced criminal charges against two Chinese nationals accused of stealing trade secrets and hacking into computer systems of firms working on the coronavirus vaccine. They also detained three other Chinese researchers over visa fraud. “China [the CCP] lied, then got caught spying. So the Trump administration kicked them out of their Houston Consulate,” McCarthy said in response to Schiff’s comments.
“Adam Schiff calls it an ‘escalation that is all about politics.’ My question is … why is Schiff siding with China?” China lied, then got caught spying. So the Trump administration kicked them out of their Houston Consulate.
China lied, then got caught spying. So the Trump Administration kicked them out of their Houston Consulate.
Adam Schiff calls it an “escalation that is all about politics.” My question is…why is Schiff siding with China? pic.twitter.com/unywB8yFhg
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) July 25, 2020
McCarthy this week also accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of promoting CCP propaganda after she referred to the CCP Virus (coronavirus) as “the Trump virus.”
“China’s deception has directly led to Americans’ deaths. China [the CCP] covered up the truth about the virus. China hoarded personal protective equipment and tried to extort other countries for political leverage. Now, China is trying to hack our vaccines, which will harm our ability to serve the world and solve this problem.
“China [the CCP] is no friend to the United States, and that fact is clear to everyone except the Democrats,” McCarthy said during a press conference on Thursday.
“Why does the speaker promote their propaganda by trying to blame the president of the United States for the Chinese Communist Party’s lies, even calling the virus the name of our president? … My final question would be: What does the Chinese Communist Party have on the Democrats? Why can’t they hold them accountable?” McCarthy added.