Fox News Host Says U.S. Should Remember 'The Wuhan Virus That Poisoned The World' When Trading With China

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A medical staff member sprays disinfectant at a residential area in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on March 11, 2020. STR/Getty

On Friday, Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade stated that the U.S. should remember the novel coronavirus as "the Wuhan virus that poisoned the world," when participating in trade deals with China.

"The next time someone signs up for their Belt and Road program or for Huawei, they should keep on the Wuhan virus that poisoned the world," Kilmeade said. "That's what you get when you get Chinese trade and that's what the American companies should keep in mind when they cut these deals."

Brian Kilmeade: "The Wuhan virus that poisoned the world. That's what you get when you get Chinese trade. And that's what the American companies should keep in mind when you cut these deals."

— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) March 13, 2020

Kilmeade's comments come as the show was discussing Chinese officials blaming the U.S for the coronavirus with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Their discussion stemmed from a recent tweet by Lijian Zhao, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry, where he suggested that the U.S. brought the novel coronavirus to Wuhan, and not that it originated in the city.

"[The Centers for Disease Control] was caught on the spot. When did patient zero begin in the US? How many people are infected? What are the names of the hospitals? It might be US army who brought the pandemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation," Zhao wrote with a video showing CDC Director Robert Redfield stating that some Americans who have died from the flu have tested positive for the coronavirus following their death.

Gingrich, Kilmeade and his fellow Fox & Friends hosts refuted the claim by Chinese officials, stating that China was lying by placing the blame on the U.S.

"Like all dictatorships, it lies all the time," Gingrich said. "It doesn't surprise me. They were faced with the entire planet blaming them for having first caused the epidemic and then, second, made it much worse because, for the first six weeks, they actually suppressed and punished the people who were telling the truth. They wouldn't let our doctors in; they wouldn't share the virus. This whole pandemic is dramatically worse because of China."

Gingrich agreed with Kilmeade's comments, noting that the U.S. needs to improve its response to Huawei, which is the largest provider of 5G equipment in the world.

"That's why frankly we need a much much stronger U.S. government response on 5G and on Huawei," Gingrich said. "We have been sitting around failing to act for over a year and a half now, and every day we fail to act Huawei gains ground around the world, and it's a vehicle for misinformation and a vehicle of spying for China."

Huawei is at the center of a lawsuit from the U.S. government, which alleges that the technology company violated U.S. sanctions and stole information on technology developments and trade secrets from T-Mobile, among others. The U.S. has pressured its allies to stop doing business with the company, alleging that Huawei could be spying for the Chinese government.

On Thursday, Trump signed a bill banning the use of federal funds to purchase equipment from technology companies, like Huawei, that are considered a national security threat. Huawei was deemed a threat by the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) in November 2019.