White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Monday he doesn't know if there will be a second wave of coronavirus later this year, but he does know that cities are struggling and that it's time to "reopen our businesses, not burn them down."
"If you want to know what defunding the police looks like, just walk around my town," Navarro said on Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "Boarded up, just virtually nothing open now ... these are the kinds of things we are going to have to address as a country."
Navarro further accused China of pushing hard to destroy the United States' economy.
"It puzzles me how China has killed over 100,000 Americans with a virus, putting 1.4 million Americans out of work and taken trillions of dollars from this economy and there hasn't been much of a reaction from the American people," said Navarro. "I would love to see signs that read 'China lived, Americans died.'"
China, he added, is acting "from a well-known playbook."
"Whenever there is a crisis [they try] to advance their territorial and hegemonic objectives," said Navarro. "Back in 1962 when the U.S. and the Soviet Union were otherwise occupied, China invaded India and grabbed some territory. Guess what? They just did it again ... there is a broader strategic and geopolitical threat to this country that this president has his eye on, but we need to be really mindful of."
Navarro also pointed out when the first wave of the virus hit, the United States was "not aware of that kind of thing," but now, factories are prepared.
"Honeywell has got two factories going in Rhode Island and Arizona," he said. President Trump has become the export ventilator king because of the efforts of GM [General Motors] and Ford to produce ventilators. So the point is, we are a lot better prepared if a second wave comes."
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