McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called Biden’s “long-standing” investigation into CNN’s “State of the Union” but warned it might not. not be conclusive because “they destroyed everything in the laboratory”.
Citing repeated examples of China’s efforts to block information about Covid-19 as a reason to punish it, McCaul said the United States must stop buying certain essentials from China.
“My answer to all of this is the supply chain,” McCaul said. “We need to take our supply chain out of the region, which is medical supply, supply of rare earth minerals.”
McCaul, along with Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), proposed a bill, the CHIPS for America Act, that would support semiconductor manufacturing in the United States.
“If we can pull these chains out of China, it will hurt them economically,” McCaul said. “And that would be very punitive in nature.”
Officials in the Biden administration had previously said investigations into the origins of Covid-19 should be carried out by an independent group like the World Health Organization, but the WHO’s first effort was hampered because the China would not share key laboratory records and data.
The Senate also unanimously passed a measure by Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) that would ban US funding for the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Matthew Pottinger, former deputy national security adviser to President Donald Trump, said getting answers on the origins of the pandemic was essential.
“It could have come out of a lab. It could have come out of nature,” he told NBC’s “Meet the Press” show. “Both are valid, neither is supported by concrete evidence, but there is, there is a growing amount of circumstantial evidence, in particular, supporting the idea that it may have leaked from the lab.”