Former President Donald Trump is back in the hot seat after returning to the political arena with his latest controversial idea to charge China trillions in reparations due to the nearly-unquantifiable global economic damage the coronavirus caused.
During remarks at the North Carolina GOP State Convention on Saturday night, Trump that the CCP “must pay” $10 trillion in economic “reparations” after they failed to contain the COVID-19 or warn the world of its existence.
“The time has come for America and the world to demand reparations and accountability from the Communist Party of China,” said Trump to a standing ovation at the convention held in Greenville, N.C. “We should all declare within one unified voice that China must pay. They must pay.”
“The United States should immediately take steps to phase in a firm 100% tariff on all goods made in China,” he continued, “We should reinvest 100% of all of that money that we collect from tariffs to help bring back jobs and factories from China and other places back to America and back to the great state of North Carolina where they belong.”
After proposing the idea to make China repay the United States for millions of lost lives, jobs, and profits, Trump stated, “In addition, all nations should work together to present China a bill for a minimum of $10 trillion to compensate for the damage they’ve caused,” calling it a “very low number,” since the “damage is far, far greater than that.”
The former president took it a step beyond his demand for reparations, adding that all countries should cancel outstanding debts to China as an advance.
“As a first step all countries should collectively cancel all debt they owe to China as a down payment on reparations,” Trump proposed. “The nations of the world should no longer owe money to China. China has destroyed so many nations.”
Trump’s latest proposals on dealing with China in the post-pandemic world were met with great applause from supporters who clearly agree with the former president on the matter.
Although the Biden Administration has not commented on what they think of Trump’s ideas, it’s safe to assume Beijing Biden will not be entertaining them.
But it may not matter if the GOP unites around Trump’s message in years to come as they fight for a House majority, take back the Senate, and win the White House, as Trump vowed to do in his speech Saturday night.
If Republicans are successful, China may finally be held accountable and see consequences for the immeasurable damages they inflicted on the world.