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

Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonThe Memo: Trump lags in polls as crises press Overnight Defense: Esper, Milley part of 'command center' for response to protests over George Floyd killing | Several West Point cadets test positive for coronavirus ahead of Trump commencement speech | UN report says Taliban, al Qaeda not breaking ties The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Former Rep. Delaney says Trump is spewing venom when he should be leading; Protests roil the nation as fears of new virus outbreaks grow 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 TrumpSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines Priest among those police cleared from St. John's Church patio for Trump visit Trump criticizes CNN on split-screen audio of Rose Garden address, protesters clashing with police MORE announced earlier this month that the U.S. would suspend funding for the organization amid a review of its governing practices.