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“DeSantis gave millions to Chinese companies. “DeSantis even voted to accelerate Obama’s trade deals with China.”
– A pro-Haley super PAC, SFA Fund Inc., in an advertisement

FAKE. There is no evidence that DeSantis directly gave “millions” to Chinese companies; The announcement referred to technology purchases by state agencies. And the trade-related vote in question, when DeSantis was in Congress, did not result in the Obama administration signing trade deals with China.

Regarding the claim that DeSantis gave millions to Chinese companies, a super PAC representative cited a 2020 article in The Washington Times, a conservative publication. The article referred to a report that stated that state governments across the country were introducing security threats due to technology contracts with two companies: Lexmark, which was acquired by a Chinese consortium in 2016, and Lenovo, a technology company. Chinese technology. Both companies disputed the report in statements to the media outlet.

florida records They do show that state agencies have spent millions on purchases from companies, primarily Lexmark, for printers and other products, since DeSantis took office on Jan. 8, 2019. South Carolina has He also worked with companieseven under Mrs. Haley’s governorship.

Florida also used those companies before DeSantis’ tenure, and SFA Fund provided no evidence that DeSantis himself directly approved the purchases. Last year, Mr. DeSantis issued an executive order instruct state officials to create rules to prevent state entities from purchasing technology that poses security risks, including due to a connection to China or other “foreign countries of concern.”

The ad’s claim that DeSantis “voted to accelerate Obama’s trade deals with China” is equally erroneous. It is based on a vote. DeSantis became a congressman in 2015 expand the president’s authority to expedite trade legislation. He was among 190 House Republicans who voted in favor.

But Mark Wu, a Harvard law professor with expertise in international trade, said no trade agreements subject to that authority were signed with China.

“In passing the TPA in 2015, Congress agreed to only expedited trade agreements that addressed tariff barriers (along with possibly non-tariff barriers),” Wu said in an email, referring to the trade promotion authority bill that strengthened the president’s power to negotiate trade agreements with Asia and Europe. “None of the negotiations the United States conducted with China during the Obama administration fell into this category. These negotiations also did not result in any trade agreements with China during the Obama administration.”


“Ron, you are the president of your economic development agency who, as of last week, said Florida is the ideal place for Chinese companies. Not only that, you have a company that manufactures Chinese military aircraft. You got it. They are now expanding two training sites at two of their airports, one that is 12 miles from a naval base. “Then you have another company that is expanding and just got invaded by the Department of Homeland Security.”
– Mrs. Haley during last week’s debate

This requires context. Mr. DeSantis previously served as chairman of the board of a private public economic development organization known as Enterprise Florida. The governor signed legislation earlier this year that consolidated the organization’s work into what is now the state Department of Commerce.

Mrs. Haley was referring to an old report. A 2019-2020 report by Enterprise Florida described Florida as “an ideal business destination for Chinese companies.” Ms. Haley’s campaign has hit Mr. DeSantis reports that the document was withdrawn this month.

Ms. Haley’s other points are largely confirmed.

In October of last year, Cirrus Aircraft, which was acquired in 2011 by a Chinese state-owned company that manufactures military aircraft. Announced had expanded locations at Orlando Executive Airport and Kissimmee Gateway Airport. The first location offers aircraft sales and concierge flight training, while the other offers aircraft maintenance and management. The Orlando resort is less than 10 miles from a Navy Training Systems Center.

As for the company raided by the Department of Homeland Security, Ms. Haley was referring to a solar panel company, JinkoSolar, based in China. National security officials in May search warrants executed at its factory in Jacksonville, Florida, and at an office in California.

While federal officials have not provided details about that investigation, it appears to be related to multiple concerns. These include whether JinkoSolar misrepresented the source of some imports containing materials from China’s Xinjiang region and incorrectly classified products, resulting in an incorrect tariff rate, The New York Times reported. The company has said it is confident in the traceability of its supply chain and that US customs officials have reviewed and released JinkoSolar products.

In June, the Jacksonville City Council removed an invoice that would have provided the company with tax incentives to expand. A JinkoSolar representative said in a statement that the company still plans to continue its $50 million expansion.


“Nikki Haley promised South Carolina that she would never support raising the gas tax. “She broke that promise almost immediately.”
– A pro-DeSantis super PAC, Never Back Down, in a post on X last week

This is misleading. As governor, Ms. Haley rejected calls to raise the gas tax in South Carolina as a stand-alone measure.

The ad included in the post features clips taken from Ms. Haley’s State of the State speeches. She is first shown saying, in 2013: “But I will not, now or ever, support raising the gas tax.” She then shows it to him in 2015 saying, “Let’s raise the gas tax by 10 cents over the next three years.”

But Mrs. Haley full comments from 2015 shows that the super PAC took his comments out of context. He first acknowledged that “some have advocated raising the state’s gas tax” to raise revenue for infrastructure projects and then said, “As I have said many times, I will veto any direct increase in the gas tax.”

Instead, Ms. Haley said she would only support a gas tax increase if the state lowered the income tax rate to 5 percent, from 7 percent, and made changes to the state Department of Transportation. .

Ultimately, the state did not raise the gas tax during Ms. Haley’s administration.

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