As the ranking Republican on the panel, Jordan couldn’t very well defend Trump’s quashing of yet another whistleblower, and he didn’t try. Instead, he did what president and party demand of him: He blamed China.
“I’m hopeful that the majority will stop playing these partisan games,” he protested, and instead “conduct meaningful oversight to hold China accountable for this pandemic.”
Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) took the baton. He declared that “a significant cause of the shortages was China’s efforts to cause our PPE shortage.” He asked about allegations “that the Chinese government hid the severity of the pandemic,” and thereby caused “a delay in the administration’s ability to respond.”
Following Comer’s remarks, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said the China pivot “is fascinating to me because I count at least 37 different statements by President Trump in January, February, March and…