China continues facing a scourge of respiratory illness that could potentially spread abroad. Representative Carlos Gimenez (R-FL) demanded a restriction on traveling to the country because not only does he trust anything the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) says about the sickness but also because "the American public will not stand for another lockdown" in a recent appearance on Fox Business's Varney & Co.
Host Stuart Varney asked if implementing a travel suspension now was "a little dramatic," to which Rep. Gimenez said the surge of respiratory illness coming out of China "sounds kind of like deja vu again" and that he would "rather err on the side of protecting the American public and American children."
While the World Health Organization (WHO) postulated this was a case of people being more vulnerable to sickness after three years of COVID-19 restrictions, Rep. Gimenez echoed Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) by saying he "does not believe anything the World Health Organization says, they are in the pocket of the Chinese Communist Party and so until we find out independently what this is all about, I think that we need to err on the side of caution."
In May, Sen. Rubio released a report compiling circumstantial evidence that the Chinese lied about the origins of COVID-19, saying it was from the Wuhan wet market when, in fact, it was from the Institute of Virology through an accidental leak.
Varney then asked Gimenez if the United States would be under lockdown again.
"I do not think the American public will stand for another lockdown," Gimenez answered, "But one of the things that we need to make sure of is what is this mysterious illness that is now attacking the respiratory system of children, and how do we protect our children?"
Nevertheless, he reiterated, "I do not think that we are going to be looking at any kind of lockdown. I think the American public will not stand for it, frankly, after what happened to us and COVID-19."