Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed two bills on Monday that seek to fight against the influence of the Chinese Communist Party in the United States, the Daily Caller reported.
The first bill is meant to defend public institutions from “undue foreign influence,” the Republican governor said at a press conference in Miami, pointing out that it will prohibit “agreements between public entities and the Communist Party of China or Cuba or any of these malignant forces.”
The second piece of legislation criminalizes theft and trafficking trade secrets, with DeSantis warning that “Anyone who willfully, without authorization, steals or attempts to steal a trade secret and uses it for their own benefit will now face a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.”
DeSantis stressed that “All we are doing today is saying enough is enough. We have to start fighting back. Florida is doing that,” the Sun Sentinel reported.
The governor also discussed the Wuhan lab leak theory, accusing China of attempting a coverup.
“If you look at what’s gone on now with the coronavirus pandemic and the coverup of the origins of COVID-19, it is pretty clear that this was a virus that almost assuredly leaked