In what could be viewed by some as a stunning escalation in rhetoric regarding the coronavirus pandemic, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Saturday likened the current tensions between the U.S. and China to a deadly and economically devastating “war” started by the communist regime, Breitbart reported.
Navarro’s jaw-dropping remarks came amid a lengthy discussion with Fox News host Neil Cavuto.
“It’s a war”
Speaking with Cavuto, Navarro noted that Americans were dying and would be dying not just from the new China-originated coronavirus itself but also from the terrible collateral impact of the economic shutdowns initiated in response to the pandemic.
“But the people, themselves, boots on the ground now are understanding this tension between the death and destruction that the China virus can cause directly, and the death and destruction the China virus can cause indirectly by shutting down our economy,” Navarro said, according to Breitbart.
“But we’re learning as a people how to fight this virus. This is a war,” he continued. “It’s a war that China started by spawning the virus, by hiding the virus, by hoarding personal protective equipment during the time it hid the virus.
“And now it’s ironic — in my view, disgusting — that they’re profiteering from that. So, this is — that’s the big picture as I see it, Neil,” the adviser added.
Navarro outlines China’s “four kills”
Later, in reference to the trade deal negotiations and economic commitments made by China, Navarro was asked if he or the American people should trust the communist regime in Beijing. With a chuckle, the trade adviser referenced a recent Pew Research survey that showed an overwhelming majority of Americans had little or no trust in the Chinese government.
Navarro then proceeded to detail what he referred to as the “four kills” that the communist Chinese regime had perpetrated in the “war” that is the coronavirus pandemic. “The Chinese effectively declared war,” he said, according to Breitbart. “They spawned that virus. The most likely explanation is it came out of a biological weapons lab, probably by accident but who knows.
“But more importantly, we know they knowingly hid that virus, Neil, for six weeks — that’s the second kill,” Navarro continued, pointing out that hundreds of thousands of potentially infected Wuhan residents had been allowed to travel around the world and “seed the virus” in major international cities before the Chinese government said anything.
Concurrent with China’s silence on the virus was the “third kill,” as explained by Navarro, in that China “vacuumed up” all of the available personal protective equipment (PPE) in other nations to hoard for their own purposes, which, according to the New York Post, contributed to the initial shortages the U.S. and other nations experienced.
The “fourth kill” in Navarro’s view was related to the third, in that the Chinese government is now attempting to sell back to the U.S. and others, at an exceptional profit margin for themselves, much of the PPE that had been previously hoarded before the world learned the full extent of the pandemic.
It is difficult to disagree with Navarro’s assessment that what the communist Chinese regime has wrought, particularly in terms of deaths and economic destruction, is tantamount to an act of war. Though some might find rhetoric like that discomforting, the fact is that something must be done to hold Beijing to account.