Former President Donald Trump unleashed on China during a speech that he gave on Saturday, blaming the nation for the COVID-19 pandemic.
During a speech to North Carolina Republicans, Trump demanded that China pay “reparations” to the world for the global devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We should all declare with one unified voice that China must pay. They must pay,” Trump said as the crowd cheered, according to Fox News.
Not stopping there, Trump said 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, adding that countries 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 before calling for the United States to enact a “firm 100 percent tariff on all goods made in China.”
Trump then pointed out that President Joe Biden and the Democrats were staunchly opposed to his tariffs on China, yet after they won power, they did leave them in place. Trump said that there needs to be further tariffs on goods coming to the United States from China.
“Frankly if you raise them, they would stop building their military, companies would return to the United States,” he said as he described the Chinese as “very genius, very smart.”
“I don’t think they want to keep Biden happy. I don’t think they care too much about Biden, to be honest,” said Trump, who enjoyed a good relationship with Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping before the pandemic.
Trump went on to say that even his biggest critics were starting to admit the lab-leak theory of the origin of the coronavirus.
“The media, the Democrats, and the so-called experts are now finally admitting what I first said 13 months ago: The evidence demonstrates that the virus originated in a Chinese government lab,” the former president said.
Trump also slammed Dr. Anthony Fauci for steering away from the lab-leak theory in the early days of the pandemic.
“Not a great doctor, but a hell of a promoter,” Trump said of Fauci. “He likes television more than any other politician in this room.”