State of West Virginia secondary Archives: on Foreign Policy

Don Blankenship: Soft on China if one is related to a "Chinaperson"

Don Blankenship, running for Senate in West Virginia, this week accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of having conflicts of interest in foreign relations because his father-in-law is "a wealthy Chinaperson."

Blankenship, one of three GOP leading candidates in the May 8 primary to take on Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin in this year's midterm elections, brought up McConnell's marriage to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in a radio interview. He said that McConnell's marriage raises "the potential for conflict of interest" in Trump's trade war with China.

"I have an issue when the father-in-law is a wealthy Chinaperson and there's a lot of connections to some of the brass, if you will, in China," Blankenship said. "I read in books that people think he's soft on China," he added.

Chao's father, James Chao, was born in China but moved to the US when Elaine was 8 years old from Taiwan.

McConnell's staff tweeted, "This candidate is as contemptible a human being as you will find."

Source: on 2018 West Virginia Senate race Apr 25, 2018

Don Blankenship: Double headline - Already Done

Blankenship accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of having conflicts of interest in foreign relations because his father-in-law is "a wealthy Chinaperson." McConnell is married to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who immigrated from Taiwan at age 8.

Blankenship's own fiancee, Farrah Meiling Hobbs, was born in China and moved to the US in 1996

During Blankenship's trial [for corporate poisoning of a water supply from his coal mines], in an interview recorded in 2009, Blankenship said he was considering moving to China, calling the country's "dictatorial capitalism" "very effective" and saying he'd opened a bank account there.

"I'm actually considering moving to China or somewhere and being more like George Washington if I can get citizenship," he said in the 2009 interview. "I can probably get citizenship in India. I'd rather be in China."

Source: on 2018 West Virginia Senate race Apr 25, 2018

Patrick Morrisey: America must assert its interests

Maintaining a strong national defense is essential to preserving American exceptionalism and freedom. The world is growing increasingly dangerous, and our security interests must focus on pressing threats, including, but not limited to, eliminating ISIS and stopping the development of the North Korea and Iran nuclear programs.
Source: 2018 West Virginia Senatorial website Oct 1, 2017

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