The Chinese Communist Party must be held accountable for its role in the erosion of democracy in the United States and Hong Kong, White House trade advisor Peter Navarro said on Saturday.
In an interview on “Fox & Friends Weekend” with host Pete Hegseth, Navarro urged the Americans to “unite” around the fact that the Chinese Communist Party lied about the spread of the coronavirus that killed the Americans.
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“There are more than 130,000 Americans so far, Pete. And, you know what? There’s nothing on this death certificate that has party affiliation. The cause of death is the virus virus Chinese, “he said.
According to data from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, there are now nearly 2.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States and only 130,000 deaths.
Navarro said he believed that “anger” at the blockades, “anxiety” at an uncertain economic future and “fear of contracting the virus” had led to national disunity and dissatisfaction.
“And then you have these radical elements who basically want to have another Chinese cultural revolution to destroy our culture, our habits, our customs, our ideas,” he added. “What Mao called the (Ancient Four)”.
“And what we have to do is unite around this central fact: China has lied; people have died. The CCP has lied; Americans have died,” Navarro repeated.
To do this, he told Hegseth that the Americans must unite to “make (the Chinese Communist Party) literally pay for it”.
“They also need to clarify exactly what they have done with this virus. Is it a modified virus, for example? Or did it just come out of a laboratory? Where does it come from? he asked, referring to other theories about the origin of the virus. “Until we know the answer to these questions, we will not know how to fight this virus.”
Navarro then turned to Hong Kong. Beijing on Tuesday tightened its grip on the former British colony by adopting a controversial security law which critics say undermines the judicial independence of the semi-autonomous territory.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke out against the takeover of China in a statement shortly before the bill was released.
“If China is to regain the trust of the Hong Kong people and the international community, it must keep the promises it made to the people of Hong Kong and to the United Kingdom in the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration registered at the United Nations “, said his press release. said.
The Trump administration has been warning for weeks that if the law is passed, it will take steps to end America’s special trade and trade preferences that Hong Kong has enjoyed since its return to Chinese rule in 1997.
“The other thing I have to say about this glorious hall is that today we mourn the loss of Hong Kong’s independence, even as we celebrate our own independence,” said Navarro. “And I think Americans may want to think about what is happening to Hong Kong people hand in hand, the brutal hand of the Chinese Communist Party. And, don’t think, ‘Oh, it’s just Hong Kong & # 39 ; China, the Chinese Communist Party is doing this to us right now with this virus that is tearing us apart. “
Navarro also noted that Hong Kong residents will be sucked into “what is actually a large firewall concentration camp” in the “worst type of Orwellian nightmare you can imagine”.
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“So we have to crack down on China,” he said. “This president is the only president to have done it.”
“And I can’t imagine a world where” Beijing Joe Biden “gets the keys to the oval office, because it will be the death of this republic. And I think it’s worth saying it on July 4.” Navarro concluded.
Edmund DeMarche, Stephen Sorace and Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report.