By Duncan Smith
China had an opportunity to ingratiate itself with the greatest superpower on the planet, but instead chose another path: To infect the world.
And now, the leader of the greatest superpower on the planet, President Trump, is through trying to bring the Chinese into the global fold of responsible nations.
In December, the U.S. and China were on the cusp of a great trade deal that would have been better for the U.S. than the relationship had been, while still good for Beijing.
The ChiComs covered up their disease, allowed it to spread around the world while they shut down, and now Trump’s done trying to play nice.
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'We made a great deal, on the phase one deal,' Trump said. 'The last thing I think about right now is phase two. It's the last thing I'm thinking about right now, is a China phase two deal, after what they did to us on the China virus.'
When asked for more details on what else exactly he intends to do to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for the Wuhan coronavirus, the president was less specific.
'They should have stopped it, it being there,' Trump told Breitbart News of the coronavirus when asked how he will hold China accountable. 'We'll see what happens. I can't tell you yet, but we'll see what happens. They certainly started it and they could have held it. Look, it didn't get into China. But it went all over the world. They could have stopped it. They should have.'
Asked to lay out what he has done as president to combat the Chinese Communist Party, Trump laid out several actions he has taken particularly with regard to trade and helping American farmers.
'You take a look at on trade, you take a look at what we've done on trade deals and everything else,' Trump said. 'But you also look at what I've done to them on tariffs—massive tariffs. We've taken in literally hundreds of billions of dollars in tariffs. It's had an impact that's positive. We've given $28 billion to our farmers because they were targeted by China. Nobody has ever done that before. That was one of the weak spots.
“China had told other administrations they were going to target the farmers. So the other administrations always caved. I said that's okay, you target the farmers and I'll target you. We charged them a tariff, a 25 percent tariff. We've taken in tens of billions of dollars. We actually gave $12 billion-plus $16 billion and then more this year to the farmers because that's the amount of money that the farmers we're targeted for. So the farmers—you ever notice you never hear anything bad from the farmers?
“It's because they hit pay dirt because of me. Without me, they would be out of business right now. They hit pay dirt. We gave them $28 billion for targeted aid. You have to say thank you China, because China paid it—we didn't pay it.'
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