Sen. Kelly Loeffler: ‘I’m Concerned That China Is Holding Up Test Kits’

By Melanie Arter | April 17, 2020 | 6:30pm EDT
 Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) speaks onstage during 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church on January 20, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

( - Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), who serves on the bipartisan task force to reopen the economy, told Fox News on Friday that she’s concerned that China might be holding up test kits.

“The president acknowledges that testing is core to opening our country back up. The governor's working hard on it, but I've got to tell you, I'm concerned that China is holding up test kits. They are playing games with trade policy to prevent us from getting the testing that we need. We are looking into this. We've got to make sure that those tests get freed up, get in our hands and get Americans tested and back to work. This is critical,” she said. 

Loeffler said that she’s hearing from people in Georgia who are eager to get back to work, but they want to be safe. She commended President Donald Trump for taking steps to reopen the economy.

The senator said she’s most concerned about safety.

“The president is right in terms of taking a very data-driven approach to this, and I think with data, we can all understand where the trends are and where things are headed,” Loeffler said. 

She said that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is working very closely to monitor these trends and keep us all safe.”

“The second step is how do we do it? How do we open the doors? That's why I’m on the phone every day with leaders across our state about how we reopen safely,” Loeffler said.

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