Democrats are increasingly joining Republicans in blaming China for helping fuel the fentanyl crisis blighting the United States.
Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said in a hearing earlier this month that the U.S. needed to “use every foreign policy tool” to stop fentanyl from flowing in, which included asking Mexico to do more to crack down on cartels, and “it also means confronting China.”
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Menendez added: “I doubt [Chinese President] Xi Jinping cares about his chemical and pharmaceutical industry supplying the Mexican cartels that are flooding the United States with fentanyl.”
Sen. James Risch (R-ID), the ranking member on the committee, noted: “China is the primary source of illicit fentanyl and synthetic opioid precursors that the