UPDATED 6:42 PM PT – Saturday, September 4, 2021
Critics have questioned Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt in his bid for a Senate seat in 2022 amid concerns surrounding his allegedly pro-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) stance. Schmitt has reportedly condemned China over the past several years, but had previously looked at partnering with them while he was a state senator.
“We need to be a player again. We need to invest in our future and our infrastructure,” said Schmitt. “We have a location and transportation assets that can put us on the map again and improve our economy.”
While he first filed a lawsuit last year against the CCP and the Wuhan Lab over COVID-19, he allegedly tried to increase exports and foreign trade with China in 2011. However, when his office was questioned, they denied Schmitt has helped China and called the claim “laughable.”
— Attorney General Eric Schmitt (@AGEricSchmitt) April 22, 2020
In the meantime, Schmitt said he filed the suit to hold the Chinese Communist Party and Chinese authorities accountable for their role in the COVID-19 pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken lives, ruined businesses, destroyed economies, and more. Serving these entities is an important step in that process.”