The White House trade advisor Peter Navarro reported on Monday’s “History” that President Trump had decided to end China on trade before arguing his observations were taken “insanely out of context”, as the futures market fell more than 400 points.
Navarro and host Martha MacCallum were discussing claims in a book to be published by former National Security Advisor John Bolton that the delayed Trump imposing sanctions on China over its Uighur Muslim internship policy so as not to jeopardize a trade agreement with Beijing.
“Do you think the president – obviously he really wanted to hang on to this deal as much as possible, and he wanted [China] to keep promises because there had been progress on trade, “host Martha MacCallum told Navarro. “But considering all that has happened … is that more? ”
“It is,” Navarro told host Martha MacCallum.
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“Here, I think, is the turning point,” he explained. “They came here on January 15, to sign the trade agreement, and that was more than two months later, they knew the virus was out and about.
“There was a time when they had already sent hundreds of thousands of people from this country for the spread of this virus, and it was only a few minutes after the wheels when the plane took off that we started hearing about it of this pandemic. ”
Navarro compared China, Japanese government actions, holding peace talks with the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in late 1941, weeks before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
In a statement Monday night, Navarro said, ““ My words were taken wildly out of context. They had nothing to do with Phase I of the trade agreement, which continues in place. I was just talking about the lack of confidence we now have in the Chinese Communist Party after they lied about the origins of the China virus and passed on a pandemic to the world. ”
Trump also tweeted Monday night, “Trade with China Face is fully intact. I hope they will continue to live under the conditions of the Agreement! ”
The trade deal was intended to ease tensions between the two largest economies following a trade war that stems from Washington’s accusations that China had, for decades, been manipulating its currency and stealing from trade secret US.
Trump said last month that while the case was just kicking, he felt “very different” about it since the start of the coronavirus epidemic in America. However, he stopped before ending the case at the time.
“It just seems to say less to me,” Trump told reporters at the time. “It was very exciting, one of the biggest deals ever, but once the virus got in, I said,” How did they let it go? ”
The administration has been reflective, avenues, possibly, of punishing or seeking financial compensation from China for what it considers to be withholding information about the virus.
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“I think everyone here, inside and around this country now understands that China lied, and the Americans died,” Navarro said on Monday
The trade advisor added that the November election will likely boil down to three key questions “about jobs, China, and law and order,” and said that the trump card decision to end his long touted trade deal proves that he “performs the picture of all three of these, particularly in China.” ”
Fox News Morgan Phillips and Fox Business Network Blake Burman contributed to this report.