WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) today joined host Jackie DeAngelis on Fox Business Network’s Cavuto: Coast to Coast to discuss China’s recent missile tests near Taiwan. The Senator also discussed his recent efforts to push back against Chinese aggression by calling for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to investigate two Chinese owned stock applications, and his bill to prohibit China from purchasing land in the United States.
Excerpts from Senator Tuberville’s remarks can be found here or below.
ON U.S. PRIORITIES AS CHINA FIRES MISSILES AROUND TAIWAN:
“The Democrats and Joe Biden, the Biden administration, need to wake up, Jackie, about the belligerence of China.”
“Our military is the strength of this country and we’re looking the other way.”
“Chuck Schumer’s got the NDAA—the military budget that we just finished in the Armed Services Committee, which I’m on—is sitting on his desk…”
ON THE NEED FOR PRESIDENT BIDEN TO STAND UP TO CHINA:
“They didn’t know how President Trump was going to react because he understood leading from in front, not from behind. President Biden is always making a weak decision and it started with Afghanistan, we all know that. What a debacle that was —maybe the worst in my lifetime—of treating our military and our country, in a way that we may not ever get over.”
“I’ve been to Taiwan. I went there six, seven months ago with three or four other Senators. Same thing happened to us. We were called dirty rats by the Chinese and they called our offices and told us not to go.”
“This is a home game for China. They’re very close to it. We are thousands of miles away from the Indo-Pacific in terms of moving our armaments in that direction…We’re trying to make plans being on the Armed Services Committee, but it is a huge problem with them [China] being right there at Taiwan.”
“Joe Biden has to be the guy to let China know—do not cross this line. He said it, once, he tried to back off of it, but we got to keep pushing that narrative that we will stand up for Taiwan.”
ON BIPARTISAN NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY:
“I learned in my former profession of being a coach for 40 years, organization is a key to winning. We have no organization in terms of everybody being on the same page… we’ll always have, problems in terms of Democrats, Republicans and how we handle the economy and certain things. But when it comes to national defense, everybody has to be on the same page. We have to buy in – the Democrats with the Republicans. On Armed Services Committee, now, that is the most bipartisan committee that I’ve seen up here. We work well together. We understand the problems, we understand what the military has to have to be successful.”
“If we don’t unite as one, over a group that is well funded—China. They’re doing everything they possibly can to outrun us in terms of nuclear weapons, ships, armaments, in space.”
ON TUBERVILLE’S EFFORTS TO PUSH BACK AGAINST CHINA:
DeAngelis: “And I go back to your previous point, that Schumer isn’t making a move on defense spending at a time like this when they’re trying to push their spending bill through. That obviously is the priority right now… There’s a lot of issues when it comes to China and you are leading a call for an investigation into some of these stock trading apps, these Chinese based apps: Webull and Moomoo. They’ve got ties to the Chinese Communist party. We are constantly talking about, you know, intellectual property we’re talking about infringement with respect to data mining and information. Tell me a little bit about the work that you’re doing.”
Tuberville: “Everything that we’re doing here China knows, and it’s a huge national security problem… We’ve got to control what we have within our country. They owned, 10 years ago, 10,000 acres of farmland in this country. I’m talking about foreign adversaries, China being one of them. Today, they own close to 350,000 acres of farmland here in our country and if we don’t stop that, we’re going to have huge problems agriculturally and also being able to control what we do in imports and exports.”
DeAngelis: “Yeah, we have been reporting on those purchases and it is just mind-boggling to think that they are allowed to buy farmland here.”
Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.