As the United States entered the coronavirus lockdown, Donald Trump and his biggest fans complained that the strict measures taken to counter the coronavirus pandemic and save lives were causing too much economic suffering.
Until the coronavirus crisis hits, Trump main argument for re-election was based on the economy. Now the administration has an alternative plan for the re-election campaign: a call to arms against China.
“WE CAN’T LET THE HEALING BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF,” Trump tweeted on March 15 as lockdowns and social distancing took effect.
Trump said there was nothing to worry about the virus would magically disappear soon. “He gave up the war on Covid-19 on day one,” Timothy Egan wrote in an opinion piece for The New York Times. “And his tactics of throwing in the towel continue to this day, as he promotes hurtful and bizarre suggestions.”
Amid mounting tensions, the United States last week demanded that China closes consulate in Houston and China on Friday ordered the United States to close its consulate in Chengdu.
Chinese state-backed media responded to a speech by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by refocusing attention on Trump’s response to the coronavirus.
“The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) truly serves the people, alleviates poverty and protects them from COVID-19,” tweeted Hu Xijin, editor of the Global Times, an English-language Chinese newspaper under the aegis of the People’s Daily State newspaper.
“It’s not like a regime in the United States that only serves the interests of the capitalists, who are willing to sacrifice 150,000 lives to protect the stock market,” Hu tweeted.
Trump is ready to weaken public health measures to try to prevent further economic damage, David Corn wrote for Mother Jones. “He seems to care more about economic measures than preventing Americans from dying.”
“Only five months ago, Trump was renting his Chinese counterpart and “very, very good friend,” Xi Jinping, for his “hard work” and “transparency” on the coronavirus epidemic, hailing a so-called “important“First phase trade agreement and declare that the US-China relationship is”the best for a long, long time, ‘” Foreign police reported. “Now, instead of flattering China’s leadership, Trump has turned to a policy of trying to suppress it.”
The Trump administration presents China as a “totalitarian” enemy that seeks to destroy the American way of life and impose a Marxist-Leninist ideology on the world. Only a second Trump term can save us.
Last week, the administration rolled out its new campaign strategy with a series of inflammatory speeches on China. On a July 23 address, Pompeo said 50 years of engagement with China had failed. He said Xi was a “true believer in a bankrupt ideology”, and warned Americans that “Communist China is already within our borders.”
“We have to get China to change,” or “Communist China will surely change us,” Pompeo said.
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In the second quarter, the United States experienced the largest quarterly decline in GDP since the Great Depression, with 17.8 million people unemployed in June.
How can the stock market be so strong in the face of such bad news? “Although the job losses are immense, they concern sectors which are not important for the performance of the S&P 500 index”, Market surveillance reported.
The United States has reported 4,635,886 coronavirus cases and 155,330 deaths – about a quarter of all cases and deaths worldwide. China has reported 84,292 cases and 4,634 deaths.
“The large disparity in COVID-19 death rates between the United States and other countries illustrates the huge difference between the effectiveness of the United States ‘and countries’ responses to the pandemic,” Gavin wrote Yamey and Dean T. Jamison for Time.