Marco Rubio SCORCHES China Over Virus Response! ‘Irreparable’ Damage Done

Like a surprisingly-nuanced Hollywood blockbuster playing out before our very eyes, the global pandemic film that we’re all figuratively staring in is beginning to look less like an Action movie, and more like a whodunnit mystery…and there seems to be an obvious culprit.

Sources yesterday began reporting that the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus, which first appeared in Wuhan, China, was quite possibly an escaped sample from a nearby lab…a lab that the American State Department was sounding the alarm over two years ago on account of their lax security protocol.

This latest twist to tale comes after it has already been established that China downplayed or disguised their COVID-19 data, giving the appearance of a much less dangerous virus.  The world was then caught off guard.

This has at least one lawmaker furious.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told “The Story” Thursday that China has permanently damaged its reputation around the globe because of its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Rubio reacted to a Fox News report that U.S. officials are increasingly confident that the coronavirus likely escaped from the Wuhan lab where it was being studied.

“It would be a dramatic, earth-shattering revelation if, in fact, [the report] turns out to be the case. And that would be the case for two reasons. Number one, it’s one thing that someone became infected in the lab and infected some other people. That’s concerning [in] that the same safety standards there are not high,” Rubio said. “But another thing completely is that a government, when they learn of it, would actively attempt to cover it up as they have, if that’s the case. You know, from the very beginning of this crisis, the Chinese have been less than transparent.”

He went on.

“There are plenty of countries out there that know exactly how China mishandled this, irrespective of whether this came out of that lab or not,” Rubio added. “They’re not out there talking about it because their economies are not big enough take China on directly. But the damage that China has suffered to its perception around the world is in many ways irreparable.”

Fellow Senator Marsha Blackburn has already begun calls to have China forgive a portion of the US debt they hold commensurate to the perceived economic damage that their manipulated data and delayed warnings caused.