Trade adviser Peter Navarro says there will be “serious consequences” for China’s role in the spread of the coronavirus around the globe.
In an interview on Sinclair Broadcasting’s “America This Week,” Navarro, who serves as director of trade and manufacturing policy, defended his accusation that China withheld information and personal protective equipment from the world community at the start of the outbreak.
“I think this is a wakeup call for the remaining few Americans who don’t understand yet that the Chinese Communist Party is not a friend of America and when push comes to shove, they’re going to try to hurt us rather than help us,” he said.
In his interview, he said China will eventually pay for the behavior, and claimed China has failed to abide by Phase One of the U.S.-China trade deal in which they agreed not to steal intellectual property.
“All I can tell you is there are serious discussions about all the things we need to do in response to this economic aggression, this biological aggression,” he said of China’s role in the COVID-19 spread. “It’s a very serious situation. This is not a good time in U.S.-Chinese Communist Party relationships.”
Chinese officials have accused the United States of pushing the relationship to a “new Cold War,” and Trump has threatened sanctions on China over its actions in a new crackdown in Hong Kong.