White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro characterized the U.S.-China relationship as being like a “war,” noting that it started when manufacturing shifted to China from the U.S. and continued when with China “spawning” the coronavirus currently crippling the U.S. economy.
Navarro pointed to divorces, poverty and opioid overdoses as consequences of losing U.S. manufacturing jobs. “The more subtle problem, which is a serious problem that comes into the calculus, Neil, is the fact that economic disruptions kill as well,” he said.
He said that the economic disruptions caused by virus shutdowns put President Donald Trump in the position of having to make a decision about reopening the country.
“It’s probably the toughest decision any president has to make,” Navarro continued, saying that it was important to look at the big picture. “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 also referenced a Pew Research Poll that stated 90% of Americans now view China as a threat to the U.S.
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