When it comes to China, President Joe Biden’s policies don’t appear to have quite the same amount of teeth as his predecessor’s, and that was clearly on display this week.
Former President Donald Trump spoke to a Republican conference over the weekend in North Carolina, taking China to task during a particularly fiery portion of his remarks.
The former president spoke about China in a speech to North Carolina Republicans, demanding that China pay “reparations” to the world for the devastation caused by the pandemic.
“We should all declare with one unified voice that China must pay. They must pay,” Trump said as the crowd cheered and applauded.
He proposed that all nations should join the United States in demanding that China pay for the effect of the virus.
“All nations should work together to present China a bill for a minimum of $10 trillion to compensate for the damage,” he said.
Trump also said nations should join together and cancel the debt they owe to China as a “down payment” for reparations to the world.
“The nations of the world should no longer owe money to China,” Trump said.
Trump has long insisted the possibility that the coronavirus outbreak was not the result of a bat-to-human transfer at a wet market in Wuhan, but that it was actually the result of a lab-leak from the nearby Wuhan Institute of Virology; an theory that has been bolstered by new data over the course of the last two weeks.