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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), yesterday joined Bloomberg TV’s “Balance of Power” to discuss her recent congressional delegation (CODEL) trip to Mexico where she met with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and the RESTRICT Act, legislation she is an original co-sponsor of to tackle national security threats from foreign tech.
RESTRICT ACT: “The RESTRICT Act does have, the one that I'm on, has a much broader view. It looks at other implications, whether it would be Huawei and other companies, that could be having an effect on mining data and violating privacy – grooming people for certain behaviors and all these kinds of things that we see going on with TikTok…I'm one of the original co-sponsors of the bill.”
EXTREMELY CONCERNING: “I'm very concerned about the Chinese getting any further into – whether it's farmland, whether it's an app, whether it's our universities, with their Confucius Institutions, whether it's buying up our energy assets here. I was just in Mexico where they're buying energy assets there. All of this is extremely concerning, because I think it has ramifications going forward. It strikes at our power, it strikes at our innovation. In the in the case of TikTok, it goes to our young people”
FENTANYL: “We know that that fentanyl is coming through the southern border into our states – my state certainly. We talked with him [President López Obrador] quite frankly, and said the precursors are coming in from China. They're coming into your ports. He has taken much action, in terms of putting the military in charge of ports’ inspections, to try to get rid of the corruption.”
DEFINITIVE STATEMENT: “He [President López Obrador] said that he would be more forceful, more face-to-face with the Chinese, to cut back on the precursors of this deadly, deadly substance that's killing Americans. It's also feeding the cartels and the corruption in Mexico. So, I felt like it was a very definitive statement that he made.”
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