White House adviser claims Democrats, China are joined in ‘common cause’ to defeat Trump

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White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Wednesday accused the Democratic Party and Chinese Communist Party of entering into a “common cause” to defeat President Trump in November.

“What I think is happening here is that the Democrat Party and the Chinese Communist Party have entered into a common cause to defeat Donald J. Trump and their whole strategy, their whole strategy is based on blaming this administration for a global pandemic created by the Chinese Communist Party,” Navarro told reporters at the White House.

Navarro did not elaborate on his suggestion that Democrats and China had entered into some kind of agreement. Later, he insisted that the Chinese Communist Party “has thrown their lot in with the Democrat Party,” saying it was obvious based on China’s “information warfare” against the Trump administration.

William Evanina, the top U.S. counterintelligence official, said earlier this month that China prefers for Trump to not win reelection and has been expanding influence efforts “to shape the policy environment in the United States, pressure political figures it views as opposed to China’s interests, and deflect and counter criticism of China.” The statement did not say that China was working to boost Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden or the Democrats, or that the two were somehow working with one another.

Navarro on Wednesday criticized the Democratic National Convention for what he described as a failure to acknowledge China’s culpability with respect to the novel coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, late last year before it spread globally. Navarro blamed China for the millions of jobs lost and the more than 170,000 deaths in the U.S. as a result of the pandemic.

“They don’t talk about policy anymore,” Navarro said of the Democrats. “It’s just Donald Trump — ‘bad.’ That’s their whole, whole strategy.”

Trump has faced criticism for his administration’s handling of the virus, including early delays in testing and his aggressive push to reopen businesses and schools amid the pandemic.

The president’s handling of the disease has been a central focus for Democrats during the first two days of their convention, with former President Clinton tearing into Trump for his response to COVID-19 in a televised address Tuesday evening.

Navarro asserted Wednesday that the lack of blame placed on China by Democrats suggests a Biden administration would “turn this country over to the Chinese Communist Party.”

Biden has through public remarks articulated an agenda aimed at giving the U.S. a competitive edge over China and cracking down on the country’s human rights abuses and unfair trade practices, while the Trump campaign has sought to paint the Democratic candidate as weak on China. 

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