On Friday’s show of Fox Business Network’s “Maria Bartiromo’s Wall Street,” Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) argued that the Biden administration was willing to sacrifice American strength to secure high-level meetings with Chinese government officials and pointed to the State Department omitting mention of the Chinese company that shipped fentanyl precursors to Mexico in a fentanyl sanctions statement.
Host Maria Bartiromo asked: “The level of aggression is also staggering, given that there is no response from the United States again and again. A surveillance balloon crossed the country for a week, with no response. You had a COVID-19 cover-up, no response. We don’t even talk about it anymore. … Should the United States do something to push back?
Hagerty replied, “It’s amazing. We have actually seen the State Department retract critical statements. When the Secretary of the Treasury imposes a sanction that names a Chinese company for sending fentanyl precursors to America and Mexico, our State Department actually removes that from their post because they don’t want to offend – I guess ‘they don’t want to offend the Chinese. They’re always trying to get some type of high-level meetings, and they’re willing to sacrifice our strength for that. I think that’s absolutely the wrong way to deal with this. We should deal from a position of strength and a position of power.
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