At the North Carolina GOP Convention Dinner on Saturday, former President Donald Trump demanded that Communist China pay a minimum of $10 trillion in reparations to compensate for damages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The time has come for America and the world to demand reparations and accountability from the Communist Party of China,” Trump said. “We should all declare within one unified voice that China must pay. They must pay.”
Since the onset of the pandemic in January 2020, COVID-19 has infected an estimated 60 million Americans and millions of deaths have been attributed to the disease. The disease has infected more than 150 million worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.
Industries, countries, and citizens around the world have experienced deep financial, emotional, and physical loss after suffering mandated lockdowns, decreased income, trade restrictions, and more — and according to Trump, $10 trillion doesn’t even come close to covering the full cost.
“All nations should work together to present China a bill for a minimum of $10 trillion to compensate for the damage they’ve caused. That’s a very low number. The damage is far, far greater than that,” Trump said. “As a first step, all countries should collectively cancel any debt they owe to China as a down payment on reparations. The nations of the world should no longer owe money to China.”
After thousands of emails were released last week proving that the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci ignored the possibility that the virus originated in China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology, Trump condemned the doctor for his inaccuracy and unwillingness to confront China.
“Fauci has, perhaps, never been more wrong than when he denied the virus and where it came from,” Trump said.
Although Trump applauded the U.S. for bouncing back from severe economic loss, he said Americans still need to hold China accountable.
“Nobody’s recovered like us because of what we’ve done, because we laid a great economic foundation, and because of what we’ve done with a vaccine and also what we’ve done with the distribution of the vaccine,” Trump said. “But China should owe money to the nations of the world. They’ve been destroyed. These nations have been destroyed.”