By Duncan Smith
In what would certainly be one of the boldest diplomatic moves in decades, President Donald Trump floated the idea of completely ending his relationship with Communist China over the latter’s role in possibly creating it and allowing it to spread.
The president’s remarks come as more than 1.4 million Americans have been sickened by the disease and roughly 85,000 have died.
Trump told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo that the coronavirus has affected the relationship between China and the United States. He added that there could be several consequences including cutting off the entire relationship.
When asked about potential steps to retaliate, Trump stated that “there are many things we could do,” including denying visas to Chinese students who want to come to the U.S. to study (and help the ChiCom government steal American academic research and technology while propagandizing American students).
Now, if you did, what would happen? You’d save $500 billion if you cut off the whole relationship,” Trump said, in reference to the total cost of Chinese imports.
Last year, Chinese imports cost the United States $452 billion dollars, and the trade deficit was $345 billion, according to the Census Bureau.
The president also said he was “very disappointed in China,” adding Beijing “should never have let this happen.”
He was particularly peeved over the fact that coronavirus was spreading beyond China’s borders and heading towards the United States even as U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators were reaching a historic Phase 1 trade deal.
“The ink was barely dry and the plague came over. And it doesn’t feel the same to me,” Trump said about the January deal.
As part of that agreement, Beijing agreed to buy at least $200 billion of American goods and services while the United States gradually reduced tariffs on Chinese imports, Reuters reports.
A report in Chinese media said Beijing was interested in renegotiating the deal but White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Wednesday the president isn’t interested in that.
Trump also hinted that his personal relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping was damaged.
“I don’t want to speak to him,” the president said.
Increasingly, it appears as though Chinese leaders did all they could to perpetuate the spread of the disease.
For example, German intelligence has found that Xi personally asked the World Health Organization to delay releasing important information about the pandemic.