We know where the buck doesn’t stop: with the president, Trump appointees and GOP members of Congress. The delayed response in the U.S. to the COVID-19 pandemic? It’s the damn Chinese. Not enough testing kits, masks, gloves or ventilators? Blame China.
Here’s an email blast today from Trump-nominated former ambassador Nikki Haley:
This was the wake-up call we needed. American dependency on China MUST end.
They lied to all of us in the midst of a global public health crisis that has killed THOUSANDS and devastated MILLIONS.
Now, Americans must stop fooling ourselves about China and the threat they pose to our safety and security.
It’s hard to believe Haley was actually in the diplomatic corps, serving as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Before that, she was governor of South Carolina. Haley has even been mentioned as a replacement for VP Pence in Trump’s 2020 presidential bid. She continues, in boldface:
The Chinese government has shown its true colors during this crisis. Now it’s time for us to let them know we want accountability.
To stand for America right now, we must STAND AGAINST CHINA.
Then Steve Daines, Montana’s junior senator who is up for election in 2020, piles on with this email:
Americans are suffering from the effects of the China virus. The Chinese Communist Party had an opportunity to warn the world about this deadly outbreak and instead they remained silent and engaged in a cover-up.
One of the ironies here is that Daines got his start in business marketing Proctor and Gamble products in China. He and his family lived there for six years. Selling American goods in China is fine but selling Chinese products in America… Daines continues:
Giving China any sort of influence over our medical and drug supply chains is unacceptable and it’s why we absolutely need to bring manufacturing back home.
President Trump is the unwavering leader we need – he is doing everything in his power to keep our country safe and healthy. We must remember who is responsible for the China virus – CHINA.
This is, of course, Trump trickle down messaging as the president ramps up attacks on China. From CNN:
Donald Trump has blamed China for the huge impact the coronavirus is having around the world, saying that numerous other countries are “paying a very big price” for the decisions of the Chinese government.
(Trump is also attacking the World Health Organization and threatening to cut off funding, according to Politico. “The W.H.O. really blew it. For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China centric. We will be giving that a good look,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. )
Apparently, all determinations in battling coronavirus rest with Trump, as he stated yesterday, “Well, I have the ultimate authority” to lift quarantines and reopen businesses. But he bears none of the responsibility as COVID-19 reaches over 600,000 in the U.S. Just a month ago, he was praising China for “its efforts and transparency.” Now it’s all China’s fault, “They knew they had a problem earlier. I wish they could have said that.”
GOP lawmakers are falling in line, targeting China for our pandemic woes (and then asking for campaign donations) while praising Trump’s leadership. Yet there’s nothing but silence from Daines, and GOP leadership nationally and in Montana, over Trump’s stated “total authority.”
The U.S. makes up 4.25% of the world population. It has 30% of all the COVID-19 cases. And according to Republicans, all the blame rests with China.