The Trump Presidential Committee has weighed $10 trillion from China in compensation for the damages of the pandemic

President Trump, ahead of the 2020 election, considered creating a panel of blue-ribbon experts to study the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic along with seeking up to $10 trillion in damages from Beijing, according to a previous book. White House aide Peter Navarro.

The effort, which included a draft executive order, was scuttled by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow. They persuaded Mr. Trump to dismiss the committee over concerns that the investigation could cause stock markets to crash or spark a war with China, Mr. Navarro emphasized in his book, “In Trump Time,” published on Tuesday.

Mr. Navarro explained how he mobilized key players within the White House to support the creation of a commission to publish a report on the origin of the virus ahead of the presidential election, holding China responsible for the global outbreak. He said the commission’s interim report would be released two months before the November elections in an effort to sway voters to support Mr. Trump’s re-election.

The draft presidential order called for an investigation into the origin of the coronavirus, determining whether it actually evolved from a natural animal host as Beijing claimed, an assessment of the economic and human costs, and consideration of whether China’s ruling Communist Party has used the epidemic to advance its policy, economic and military agendas. .

The initial estimate of the damage to the US population and economy was the value of an entire year’s worth of US GDP, or more than $20 trillion. The federal government has also spent more than $10 trillion in fiscal and monetary relief efforts to prevent the economy from collapsing during the pandemic.

“By sticking China into a bill for the devastation it has wreaked on the American economy and the American people, we can effectively cancel our debt to China and still demand billions of dollars in additional reparations for the havoc wrought by the Chinese Communist Party.” Navarro wrote, using an acronym for the Communist Party of China. China has about $1 trillion in US government debt, second only to Japan among international creditors.

In addition to issuing a clear statement on the pandemic, an interim report released by the commission will help counter mainstream media reports that have sought to ignore China’s role in the pandemic and blame Mr. Trump, who has been fighting for re-election.

“In the end, Mnuchin and Kudlow got it wrong on just about everything. And nowhere were they more wrong than the issue of communist China,” wrote Mr. Navarro in “In Trump Time.”

Navarro wrote that he hoped the committee would be led by Senator Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, and include prominent virologists and bioweapons experts like those at the Army’s research base at Fort Detrick. The commission will be hosted and funded by the State Department.

However, the proposed “National Commission on COVID-19 Origins and Costs” has been blocked due to what Mr Navarro calls three unfounded “concerns” that pro-China aides Mr Mnuchin and Mr Kudlow have raised with the president.

The first fear was that China would cancel the “phase one” trade deal that Mr. Trump struck in January 2020 that required large purchases of US agricultural and manufactured exports by Beijing. There was also concern that a large-scale clash with China could cause stock markets to plunge just months before Election Day.

The final fear was that antagonizing Beijing could lead to a fierce war.

Mr. Navarro said he felt such an idea was curious because “we were already in a hot war with China, both economically and in cyberspace”.

The author recalls that the controversy over the committee included “sparks” and “insults” during a meeting in which Mr. Trump shook his head in anger at his feuding advisers.

Mr. Kudlow did not respond to an email for comment.

A person close to Mr. Mnuchin said, “The secretary does not remember any conversations with Peter or anyone else about this matter.”

Like many other China skeptics, Mr. Navarro believes the coronavirus behind the pandemic has been biologically engineered. He also claims that the presidential election was stolen by the Democrats’ “legal war,” or the legal war on changing voting rules in the months leading up to the vote.

Green Bay Sweep Campaign

Navarro, who served as the assistant to the president for trade and manufacturing policy, said he, Trump and former White House strategist Steve Bannon planned a Green Bay Packers-style political “sweep” to challenge Democrat Joe Biden’s electoral victory. The goal was to send the contested presidential election results from Congress to the state legislatures to be determined.

As part of the strategy, Vice President Mike Pence has been using his power as Senate chair to delay congressional approval of the election by several weeks so that state legislatures can investigate voting irregularities, particularly in how major states handle absentee voting and mail.

Efforts failed as a result of the January 6 riots in the Capitol, which led to the evacuation of Mr. Pence and other Trump loyalists in Congress. When lawmakers and Mr. Pence met late in the day, they quickly confirmed Mr. Biden’s victory.

“President Trump did not incite violence on January 6, 2021, on Capitol Hill,” said Mr. Navarro, who gave one of the first insider accounts of the White House in the final days of the Trump administration. The adviser says the violence in the halls of Congress was against Mr. Trump’s interests.

Trump “was the last person to want such violence, precisely because he spoiled his best chance of getting a full and fair account of the flood of illegal votes cast in the November 3 election,” he said.

“In such a shameful way, the Green Bay Sweep will end with either a stutter, a sack or a interception – choose your football metaphor,” wrote Mr. Navarro. He added that the former vice president was responsible for betraying Mr. Trump and ending the integrity of the election.

Mr Navarro also blamed Jared Kushner, a White House aide, Trump’s son-in-law, for failing to anticipate post-election legal wrangling. Days later, “the war officially broke out between the campaign led by Kushner and a team led by the president’s attorney Rudy Giuliani,” he said.

Navarro said that in a White House dining room meeting, several aides urged Mr. Trump to announce his candidacy for president in 2024. Mr. Navarro told him it was a “stupid idea” because it suggested Mr. Trump acknowledged it. The 2020 elections are over.

“What you have to do now is fight,” Mr. Navarro told the president.

Instead, Trump’s presidential campaign was “making the best impression on General George Custer on the Little Big Horn,” he said, noting that $70 million in campaign money could have been used for the legal challenges of Biden’s victory.

Mr. Navarro wrote that he urged Attorney General William Barr to order the Department of Justice to investigate election fraud. He was told that private lawyers representing the campaigns carried out challenges during the disputed 2000 elections between George W. Bush and Al Gore.

The title of Mr Navarro’s book, In the Time of Trump, is based on Mr. Trump’s desire to get things done quickly. Mr. Navarro said the second meaning reflected his four years in the administration.

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