In line with President Trump’s proposal, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.) said the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) should be held accountable for deceiving the world about the new CCP virus.
McCaul is the chairman of a new working group formed in Congress, investigating the role of the CCP in spreading the virus. McCaul also represents the Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
The congressman told CBS News chief and Washington correspondent, Major Garrett, that the CCP’s lack of transparency allowed what could have been a minor epidemic to become a global pandemic.
McCaul released a report with his colleagues detailing their investigation into the CCP Virus and the regime’s initial handling of it and the role played by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report accused both of complicity in “a failure of monumental proportions” in their handling of the virus.
The seriousness of the accusations is that not only do they attribute the errors to ineffectiveness or ignorance but that the CCP made “intentional efforts to deceive the global community,” and delayed the dissemination of information about the virus.
In an interview with Fox News on Monday, the congressman said the report found that the CCP concealed the virus’s existence during the first days of its spread. “And, unfortunately, the World Health Organization under the leadership of Director-General Tedros only exacerbated the problem by repeatedly ignoring warnings about the severity of the virus, including from their own health experts, while at the same time parroting the CCP’s propaganda without independently confirming their claims,” he added.
He also noted that “even once the WHO response began, it was informed by guidelines developed based on lies and misinformation from the CCP.
The committee also charged in the report that the CCP ignored rules requiring governments to report any new SARS-like virus to the WHO within 24 hours as required by Articles 6 and 7 of the International Health Regulations.
Meanwhile, the committee found that the CCP “had sufficient information to ensure a large-scale public health response by mid-December 2019.
The investigation also shows that the CCP could have reduced the number of cases in China by up to 95 percent if it had complied with its obligations under international law and implemented a public health response earlier than it did. Moreover, the WHO would have consciously covered up the case by not investigating and publishing the CCP’s reports, while praising the regime’s allegedly prompt response to the virus.
The State Department translated the report mentioned above into Mandarin, Cantonese, and Uyghur language. It managed to penetrate the Chinese digital security barriers and distributed it through all social networks. “The report is going viral,” McCaul told Garrett and was even addressed at a press conference by a spokesman for President Xi Jinping.
McCaul closed the interview by saying, “I think the biggest fear the Chinese Communist Party has is not me or the United States, it’s its own people and its own people learning the truth about its government. And that is very powerful.”