Navarro Accuses China of Using Travelers to Spread Virus

Mish

White House Trade advisor Peter Navarro accuses China of "seeding" Covid-19 in Milan and the US.

“The virus was spawned in Wuhan province, patient zero was in November,” White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“The Chinese, behind the shield of the World Health Organization, for two months hid the virus from the world and then sent hundreds of thousands of Chinese on aircraft to Milan, New York and around the world to seed that.” 

“They could have kept it in Wuhan,” Navarro said. “Instead, it became a pandemic. That’s why I say the Chinese did that to Americans and they are responsible.”

When pressed Navarro would not use the word "deliberately", just the word seed.

Mish

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Dubronik
Dubronik

It sounds like the clowns in the WH circus are trying to show they are tough

tokidoki
tokidoki

All I know is if we stop all trade now, the Dow will reach 400K.

TimeToTest
TimeToTest

Well I guess we know what the game plan is.

Having a someone common hate brings people together. China is the best path to reelection.

It’s a sloppy slope though.

I don’t think America would start a war with China, BUT if China started losing its grip on power from an economic downturn(broken social contract) they might need someone to demonize. A war is always the best way. History doesn’t repeat but it sure as shit rhymes.

Stuki
Stuki

Now, that...., is par for the course, as far as the intellectual aptitude of all of American leadership, Federal as well as state and local, public as well as private, in the Fed era goes.

This is all that is left of America. Nothing more than this abject garbage. This really is it.

Planes falling out of the sky, people homeless by the millions a century and a half after building 10 homes per capita, and doing so cheaply, was already a solved problem for anyone with the aptitude to learn to count beyond one,two,many.... World record numbers of deaths from some virus, etc., etc. And: Absolutely nothing else. Nothing good. No redeeming qualities. A country almost infinitely worse than a communist dump like China, and anywhere else, in every possible way whatsoever. Not one single positive quality left at all. Just this monkey. And monkeys like him. Empowered solely, 100%, by Fed and "legal" theft, without having a single talent of any kind of their own. Standing around babbling mindlessly and uselessly about holding those who are their infinite superiors in every way "responsible", while the worthless, indoctrinated dimbulb brigade stands around cheering for the trash.

RayLopez
RayLopez

Stupid people (Trump team) sometimes say smart things... Navarro is right, for the same reason 100 nations recently signed a petition at WHO asking for an independent investigation into how the Covid-19 virus was introduced into the world. One hundred countries, including sometime China ally Russia, can't all be wrong?

Keep in mind a lab created virus, a natural virus found in a lab animal, and a natural virus found in the wild all look the same, or rather, it's a matter of opinion as to whether the virus is natural or artificial. DNA, unless it's from a known cataloged organism, does not clearly show just by looking at the sequence whether it's artificial or natural.

The path of least resistance is to say China was negligent in warning the world about the virus (whether it's natural or artificial), and that's the path most countries and Trump's team are taking.

What would it take to change my mind? Find the Covid-19 virus in the wild, in a so-called "intermediate host". So far, unlike SARS, MERS, Ebola, etc, they've not done that. With most other viruses the intermediate host was immediately found, but not with C-19 (Ebola took a while too, but I would argue that outside of people living in Africa, nobody cared much about Ebola and was not spending money to research it that much; notice that once Ebola started spreading and got world attention, they luckily found a vaccine within a couple of years, since it had the potential to infect the world).

Zardoz
Zardoz

So it’s to be war with the batmunchers, is it?

gregggg
gregggg

The US funded the Wuhan lab for the last 5 years, so I guess we are the co-conspirators.

fla56
fla56

Why wouldn’t the Chinese government allow it to spread?

Once they knew they were going to be hit it was their best option -otherwise the world would lockdown around China and only they would take a big hit

It’s well established they were buying protective equipment++ while telling the rest of the world there was no problem

This way they prepared themselves whilst being in a position to get maximum economic benefit / minimise the hit

fla56
fla56

Seems entirely likely

Why wouldn’t the Chinese government allow it to spread?

Once they knew they were going to be hit it was their best option -otherwise the world would lockdown around China and only they would take a big hit

It’s well established they were buying protective equipment++ while telling the rest of the world there was no problem

This way they prepared themselves whilst being in a position to get maximum economic benefit / minimise the hit

tokidoki
tokidoki

If I were the Chinese, I would play dumb and act surprised. Let other countries report the issue first. The first to report the issue is it right?

Sechel
Sechel

Navarro is a sycophant and he's willing to play along to be in Trump's good graces .Seems especially eager to carry Trump's water. In either case this is like Obamagate where the accusation is made but without evidence. It's clear Trump thinks this is a winner argument for him politically so he and his team will continue to make it. It deflects responsibility for mismanaging the response. The base is xenophobic so they'll eat this up.

Of course this doesn't solve a problem and only infuriates China. Trump seems to want to now want to undo Nixon's legacy

Sechel
Sechel

I go with Hanlon's theory, If one has to chose between malevolence and incompetence go with incompetence. It's usually the correct answer.

Webej
Webej

Seeded sounds like deliberate action. Most farmers' fields are not accidentally "seeded". There is virtually no evidence of any intent or guided action. What exactly does China stand to gain from having an epidemic? If they wanted to seed it, they would not have started off seeding it in their own country. Makes no sense.

Much more likely (though evidence is scarce) is that they tried to make it go away by denial. Why? Well that is how politicians tend to react. Probably because they were afraid it somehow came from a lab for which they apparently feel responsible, lax, and ashamed.

Many other possibilities exist, but none are likely in the absence of concrete evidence.

JanNL
JanNL

While traffic from Wuhan into China was forbidden traffic from Wuhan to the rest of the world was promoted. True? I know both happened, not sure about the relative timing.

njbr
njbr

Maybe if Trump did what he claims (shut down travel from China), it wouldn't have come here from there.

CaliforniaStan
CaliforniaStan

As usual, Trump hears something on Fox News. Does he check it with the vast resources of the NSA, CIA, etc.? Of course not, they are the deep state, and he is shallow. All flights are tracked, and he tracking is available over the internet by Flightradar24, a global flight tracking service. You don't even need the CIA or NSA. It's all nonsense. And now, since trade wars are so easy to win, and the economy is doing so great, our trade representative is spreading nonsense. Pure Trump administration nonsense. Pure Fox nonsense.

"We spoke to Ian Petchenik, the director of communications for Flightradar24, a global flight tracking service, and Petchenik confirmed that “there were no more normal, commercial flights” from Wuhan after Jan. 23. “They did stop people from going to the U.S. and to the rest of the world,” he said."

TonGut
TonGut

So the Chinese need to be even more authoritarian so that Americans can be more free?


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