By Jon Dougherty @TheNatSent
(TNS) After decades of seeing American corporations move their operations to China and successive U.S. administrations kowtow to the Communist leaders in Beijing, President Donald Trump came along and sought to undo at least some of that damage.
The real purpose behind the president’s aggressive trade strategy with China was never to ‘punish’ the ChiComs per se, but rather to get a better deal for America and Americans while decoupling our supply chain from a country we may someday have to fight.
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Before coronavirus, the president had actually made substantial progress along those lines. And now, after COVID-19 has led to the sickening and death of tens of thousands of Americans, national security strategist and expert Buck Sexton believes Trump will be able to use “Made in America” as a “rallying cry” to finish the trade-and-supply-chain strategy he started after taking office.
â€œYouâ€™re going to get a lot of people who lived through this who are going to say, â€˜Yeah, Iâ€™ll pay a little more to know this is made here.’â€ Sexton said on his Friday radio program.
His website notes further:
The U.S. appears to be hardly alone in the turn inward. Relationships between countries in the European Union have seen similar political shifts since the outbreak. The BBC ran a headline on Friday, titled, â€œCoronavirusÂ Outbreak Eats Into EU Unity.â€ The article is about the instinct for countries to protect their own in a time of crisis.
â€œRight now, every European government is struggling to protect their populations – their jobs, their health and their economy,â€ the article read. â€œBut rich, europhile countries like Germany are not yet digging deeper into their pockets to help out poorer Italy and Spain. There’s little sense of the responsibility West Germany felt towards the East after the fall of the Berlin Wall.â€
Already, U.S. lawmakers are crafting legislation that would further the president’s decoupling trade agenda while moving us away from over-dependence on the Chinese.
Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) have drafted a bill that would encourage U.S. pharmaceutical makers to bring their manufacturing operations back to America.
In 2018, a blood-pressure medication produced in China had to be recalled after it was found to be toxic. My bipartisan SAM-C legislation is about bringing drug manufacturing back to the USA to protect our health and national security. Thank you @LifeSciTN for the support!
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) March 31, 2020
Sexton pointed to recent comments made by Trumpâ€™s economic adviser, Peter Navarro, who touched on the issue in a Thursday press briefing.
“Never again should we rely on the rest of the world for our essential medicines and countermeasures,” he said. He continued, “One of the things that this crisis has taught us is that we are dangerously over-dependent on a global supply chain for our medicines like penicillin, our medical supplies, masks, and our medical equipment like ventilators.”
NAVARRO: “One of the things that this crisis has taught us, sir, is that we are dangerously over dependent on a global supply chain.. Never again should we depend on the rest of the world for essential medicines and countermeasures.” pic.twitter.com/sw4aOzTEkb
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 2, 2020
Navarro noted further that in addition to overreliance on foreign medical suppliers, countries that make vitally needed medical products have also imposed export restrictions in order to keep those supplies in their own nations during a time of need.
â€œNo one thought this was a problem until now,â€ Sexton said. â€œThe lack of foresight with all of this has been stunning. And it’s more than just lack of foresight. There are people who, all along, have refused to make what are the decisions that are the best interests of America and the American people.â€
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Who will use this new “Made in America” rallying cry to his advantage and in a convincing manner? The president who introduced us to “Make America Great Again” and “Keep America Great,” of course.
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