There are many questions about what China and the World Health Organization (WHO) knew and when they knew it.
United States Senator Marthy McSally wants to get to the bottom of it.
The Arizona Republican said that WHO must stop covering up for China and that the director of WHO must resign.
One of the early missteps was that WHO bindly parroted China's claim that human-to-human transmission was not possible. This claim was made in early January.
Of course, it turned out that this was widely inaccurate.
The United States pays more than any other country to help fund WHO, so its only fair for transparency and truthfulness to be expected.
More details on Senator McSally's statement below:
Despite conflicting reports from China and WHO, the Trump administration acted decisively and firmly when news of the virus broke.
The president immediately limited travel to and from China, a move that was criticized by Democrats for being xenophobic and racist.
However, top science experts and researchers have quietly admitted that Trump's early move saved countless lives and helped by the U.S. more time.
Politico has more on Senator McSally's sharp criticism of the WHO:
Sen. Martha McSally is calling on the World Health Organization director general to step down over what she deems his assistance in covering up China's underreporting of the coronavirus, part of an escalating series of GOP criticisms of the organization.
The Arizona Republican said on Fox Business on Thursday that Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus should resign over the organization's handling of the virus, which originated in China. While China has claimed it has essentially flattened new cases of the deadly virus now killing thousands of Americans, new reporting has questioned China's rosy data.
"I’ve never trusted a communist. And their cover-up of this virus that originated with them has caused unnecessary deaths around America and around the world," said McSally, who is up for reelection this fall. "The WHO needs to stop covering for them. I think Dr. Tedros needs to step down. We need to take some action to address this issue. It's just irresponsible, it’s unconscionable what they have done here while we have people dying across the globe."
Senator McSally isn't the only U.S. politician who questions the official narrative coming out of China.
Many representatives are dubious of the claim that China has virtually eliminated new infections.
Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) went even further, calling for a congressional probe into the WHO.
Compare this to Democrats, who are pushing for a congressional investigation into the Trump administration yet again for its response to the pandemic.
Instead of politicizing the pandemic, McSally has temporarily suspended her Arizona campaign and has committed to 15 days of giving.
She is personally giving and encouraging her constituents to give to the Salvation Army of Arizona.
The money would provide meals, rent assistance, and essentials for the families who need it most.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States has experience tremendous economic uncertainty.
Senator McSally called for U.S. debts to China to be forgiven due to this crisis as well as the Chinese government's cover-up.
McSally's comments were even covered in the South China Morning Post:
McSally agreed that “we need to look at addressing the WHO as well”. She also said US debts to China “should be forgiven, as a minimum”.
Tarik Jasarevic, a spokesman for the WHO, did not directly address McSally's demands. But he said the organisation expects members “to report data in a timely and accurate manner”.
“Membership in WHO and signing up to the International Health Regulations both carry with it the responsibility to prioritise public health, nationally and internationally, not only because global health norms say so, but because the two are inextricably linked, as this global pandemic has made clear to the world,” Jasarevic said.
The U.S. has rapidly extended its ability to test for the novel coronavirus, which is why it currently leads the world in confirmed infections.
China claims that it's had virtually no new infections the last few weeks. They're also boasting that their economy is slowly reopening.
However, there are still many doubts and questions around the truthfulness of these claims.
The U.S., on the other hand, has been transparent with testing and research being done.
The Trump administration continues to hold daily pressers to keep the nation informed of the latest developments and updates.