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Cotton suggests US shouldn't give visas to Chinese students to study science

Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonO'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' Loeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection More conservatives break with Trump over election claims MORE (R-Ark.) suggested Sunday that Chinese students should not be allowed to live in the U.S. for the purpose of obtaining science-related degrees from U.S. universities.

In an interview with "Sunday Morning Futures" on Fox News, Cotton said that Chinese students seeking to study at U.S. schools should be limited to studying courses in the Humanities.

"If Chinese students want to come here and study Shakespeare and the Federalist Papers, that's what they need to learn from America," Cotton said. "They don't need to learn quantum computing."

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"It is a scandal to me that we have trained so many of the Chinese Communist Party's brightest minds," he added.

Cotton's remarks are some of the latest calls for retribution against Chinese officials for perceived mismanagement of the coronavirus outbreak, which experts believe originated in China. Some critics meanwhile have raised questions about Beijing's official case count and death toll within China.

Republicans have also focused their criticism of the World Health Organization (WHO) in recent weeks, largely over claims that the organization deferred to Chinese authorities while dealing with the virus. President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE announced earlier this month that the U.S. would suspend funding for the organization amid a review of its governing practices.