Ted Cruz: ‘Disgraceful’ Phoenix TV Allowed into the White House

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: Acting Australian Prime Minister Warren Truss talks with a Chinese reporter from Phoenix TV after addressing local and international media about the search for possible Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 debris off the coast of Western Australia at RAAF Base Pearce on March 22, 2014 in …
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Sen. Ted Cruz was sharply critical on Tuesday that a Hong King media outlet partially owned by China was allowed into the White House press briefing.

The issue was raised after a reporter for Phoenix TV questioned President Donald Trump on Monday at the White House press briefing, using talking points used in Chinese propaganda.

“It’s disgraceful and reckless they have a seat at WH press briefings as China wages a propaganda campaign to cover up its role in the Coronavirus Pandemic,” Cruz wrote on Twitter.

Phoenix TV is a private media company but is partially funded by the Chinese government. It has been described by The Hoover Institution as a “quasi-official” global network of the Chinese government. Phoenix TV is part of the pool of foreign television networks who occupy seating space in the White House press briefing room.

“In 2018 I warned the FCC about Phoenix TV a nominally ‘private’ company long financially controlled by China state-owned enterprises,” Cruz wrote on Twitter.

Cruz recalled his 2018 warning to the FCC that Phoenix TV was trying to purchase a large AM radio station near Tijuana, Mexico.

The Chinese Communist Party is waging an information warfare campaign to undermine American democracy,” Cruz wrote.

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