In yet more strong rhetoric from the White House against China, President Trump’s chief trade adviser, Peter Navarro, said Sunday that the Chinese Communist Party had successfully dismantled all of this administration’s hard work on the economy in just two months. In an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, Navarro said that China’s determination to keep the outbreak a secret in the early weeks proved to be disastrous for the rest of the world.
“We know that patient zero in China was about mid-November. It was in Wuhan. We know that ground zero had the P-4 weapons lab, where the virus likely came from. For the next two months, we know that China hid the virus from the world behind the shield of the World Health Organization,” Navarro said. “And, as they did that, they sent gleaming passenger jets from China, not into the rest of China from Wuhan, but to places like New York and Milan, seeding the world with what would become a pandemic.
“As they did that, we also know, Maria, from their own customs data, that they vacuumed up virtually all of the world’s personal protective equipment, including over two billion masks,” Navarro continued. “And we also know that, today, what China is doing, sitting on that stockpile of what we call PPE, is, they are selling it at profiteering prices to some, and, to other countries, they are actually putting pressure on those countries to deny the virus came from China or to talk about Taiwan or to do other things.”
Navarro said those early decisions by the CCP had catastrophic ramifications for the United States.
“So, that’s it in a nutshell. And what that means for us here is, this morning, Americans won’t go to church because of the China virus. Sons and daughters of America won’t be taking their mothers to brunch. Tomorrow, 33 million Americans won’t be going to work, and millions of children in America will be home climbing the walls, instead of learning reading, writing, and arithmetic,” Navarro continued.
“So, that’s the China problem that we face,” he said. “President Trump built the most powerful and beautiful economy in the world in three years. The Chinese Communist Party took it down in 60 days.”
We are confident that the U.S. will bounce back economically from this disaster, but no resurgence will bring back the tens of thousands of people who have been killed by this virus. Until and unless China pays a major price for their reprehensible, reckless approach to this pandemic, justice will not be done.