The proposed ban could also allow the United States to withdraw visas from party members and their families who are already in the country, the Times reported.
The order would cite the same status in the Immigration and Nationality Act that the Trump administration used in 2017 as part of a travel ban in several predominantly Muslim countries, according to the Times. The statute gives the president the power to temporarily block travel to the United States for foreign nationals who are deemed “prejudicial to the interests of the country.”
A White House official was not immediately available to comment when contacted by The Hill.
The draft report reported would pose practical problems, as the Chinese Communist Party has 92 million members and the United States government has no knowledge of party status for the vast majority of the millions of Chinese citizens who visit the United States, notes the Times.
Trump has sometimes criticized China, particularly over the Chinese government’s trade and management of the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in Wuhan.
Former White House National Security Advisor John BoltonJohn BoltonJudge lifts ban on Mary Trump on eve of book The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Argentum – All eyes are on Florida as COVID-19 daily hits 15K Juan Williams: Trump’s silence on Russian bonuses betrays America MORE, however, says in his new memoirs “The Room Where It Happened”, that Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help him win his re-election.
Bolton also claims to have heard Trump recognize the massive crowd during protests in Hong Kong in the summer of 2019, but refused not to get involved and said the president also downplayed the need to issue a White House statement on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.