China’s Sanctions on Former Trump Administration Officials an ‘Escalation’: Sen. Cotton

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The Chinese regime’s sanctions against former Trump administration officials is an escalation that must be met with a reciprocal response, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said Sunday. “These sanctions against former Trump administration officials are a dangerous and insidious escalation of China’s effort to influence American policy,” Cotton said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.” The Chinese Communist Party, on the same day President Joe Biden was inaugurated, sanctioned 28 Trump administration officials, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former national security adviser Robert O’Brien. Former President Donald Trump and his administration were notably tough on China, which U.S. intelligence officials and Chinese state media—said preferred Biden to win the 2020 election over Trump. Cotton, who was sanctioned last year, said he initially laughed off the fresh sanctions. “But these sanctions apply not only to these individuals, they apply to any company or institution that associates with them. Now, this is not …

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