April 7, 2020

Yesterday, I said that one way for China to be held accountable for the WUHAN virus from WUHAN, CHINA, was for us to tally up the astronomical financial hit we’re taking and simply subtract it from the amount of U.S. debt held by the Chinese. I see I am not the only one to be thinking along these lines.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham, appearing on Monday’s SEAN HANNITY show, said, “If it were up to me, the whole world should send China a bill for the pandemic.” He went on to say that this is the third pandemic to come out of China, that they come out of “these wet markets” that sell bats, monkeys and many more species of exotic animals “intermingled with the food supply.”

Of course, in this case, it’s not just the food supply we have to worry about –- it’s very likely the “Level 4” biolab and another infectious disease lab near the market, both of which study coronaviruses. (I use quotation marks because the actual level of containment in these labs seems to be much lower.)

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"Yeah, I’d make China pay, big-time,” Sen. Graham said. Then, he asked the big question: Who would you rather have taking on China next year, President Trump or Joe Biden? “I don’t think that would be a hard decision for most people,” he said.

I think that, deep down, in all his confusion, even Joe Biden might agree with us.

It’s not just that China deceived the world about the virus, most notably about its human-to-human spread, but that it very likely came from their own laboratories. Surely President Trump is thinking about financial resolutions such as this to the economic devastation being caused by the virus. This is far from over, and there's going to be a very big price tag.

I have every confidence in President Trump to handle this situation well. As I said to Hannity later in the same show, he’s doing what a good executive does: he’s delegating, surrounding himself with smart people, and turning decisions over to those at the state and local levels who are closer to those directly being affected. Democrats always want to cram everyone into a one-size-fits-all solution whether it works for them or not, and Trump is trying to avoid doing that, in favor of giving governors the resources they need and let them determine how best to use them.

One thing I really appreciate is that Trump hasn’t tried to second-guess every decision the governors make. (I would also think that maybe he’s sensitive to that because every decision HE makes, as President, is constantly second-guessed.) As I’ve been in the governor’s role myself, I know how much Trump's approach would help me do the job of managing my state. (In fact, some states, such as Washington and Oregon, are reportedly taking the initiative to send their surplus supplies, including ventilators, to locations that are being hit harder now, such as New York.) Even Democrat governors such as Gavin Newsom of Los Angeles and Andrew Cuomo of New York have publicly complimented President Trump on his leadership style, even though they’re not exactly political allies.

Anyway, if anyone can deal with China in the aftermath of this almost unimaginable disruption, it’s Trump. And that includes financially. I’m glad I’m not the only one to be suggesting this solution.

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  • Ashley Holtam

    04/16/2020 11:07 AM

    A quandry: we trade with China (pork, wheat, soy bean) and China processes the stuff we ship there and then sells it back to us, it's not just for their consumption. We know that China's processing is replete with unhealthy end products. We are told to read our labels and not buy from China because of the diseases we might get from them. How do we resolve this?

  • Dusty

    04/13/2020 01:15 PM

    Big question why did China not warn the World and the US did they want this after all? Out to destroy the rest of the World and the US per the latest deals per Tariffs? Something stinks in the Apple Barrel. Why on Dec 31 did 430,000 Chinese come back in from China to the US WHY? Noted per the NYT? By who? No quarantine.? Yet had family come from S Korea work there . Put in quarantine in Tex? Why were so many thousands allowed back and no quarantine? Citizens or not come back from around the world then quarantine? We did not. WHY? Now I hear I was in Italy, I was in Japan I had the virus? How many did they infect?

  • Teresa Kidwell

    04/13/2020 12:48 PM

    A good article with important insight, and concerning Pres. Trump. I agree with the article about China, and in favor of Pres. Trump's work in finding solutions regarding the virus pandemic.

  • Lidia Soto Smith

    04/09/2020 06:43 PM

    I think this is an excellent idea. And to add to it, we bring back our manufacturing jobs. We should be lending others and not the other way around.

  • Eric Hinrichs

    04/09/2020 09:56 AM

    Read my books on China's bioweapons and economic warfare programs:
    Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Chi Haotian: “We are not as foolish as to want to perish together with America by using nuclear weapons,” said the general. “Only by using non-destructive weapons that can kill many people will we be able to reserve America for ourselves.” The answer is found in biological weapons. “Of course,” he added, “we have not been idle, in the past years we have seized the opportunity to master weapons of this kind.”

  • Carol Mathews

    04/08/2020 11:01 PM

    Just got an interesting note from a friend titled Something is Fishy
    It tells that while the whole world has the virus, only one city in China supposed to have the virus.
    Beijing and Shanghai do not have the virus. How can that be. Did they create the virus and have the antidote. Did they just need to get rid of the people in Wuhu? Something fishy and to be noted!!

  • Larry Dunson

    04/08/2020 10:15 PM

    China, won't accept responsibility for the virus!!! They will ignore the U.S. and every other Country expecting a payout and everything written or spoken as an apology!! This was all an experiment to prove they can shut down the World on a whim and there is nothing we can do to stop them they don’t care how many lives they end including their own!

    They can release the same virus or another and either will have the same effect on the World – no one will dare challenge their authority!!

    Chemical warfare is something the rest of the world will not indulge in and the Chinese know we will draw a line at that and they will use that knowledge to ransom us all… One thing for certain that must be done is fire bomb that darn laboratory in Wuhan!!

    At this time we of course are still very vulnerable and we have no leverage!!! The UN has no leverage, no one can force the Chinese into doing the right thing as far as they are concerned they run everything - they are untouchable – and they just proved it!!

    We need to heal ourselves and go about our daily activities and together with the other infected Countries decide how to collectively extract something viable from these chemically weaponized Chinese!!

    End of Story!!

  • Adele Palmer

    04/08/2020 09:23 PM

    I totally AGREE that CHINA NEEDS TO PAY THE BILL FOR THIS!! Just subtract our debt to China!! I think AMERICA should VOTE ON THAT! President Trump is the one that actually could DO THIS!! I wish they were talking about this solution more than anything else!!!!

  • George Reynolds

    04/08/2020 06:10 PM

    I was wondering if New York City had held its annual Chinese New Year parade, so I did a web search and found that, yes, they had the parade on January 25.

  • Kathleen M. Tripp

    04/08/2020 02:57 PM

    Thanks so much for this info. I wholehardedly agree with it... :) We need to reduce our debt to China and this would be a great way to do it, by charging them back for this virus now.... :)

  • Debbie Hamilyon

    04/08/2020 02:25 PM

    All debt payments should stop immediately. When the dust (virus bug) settles and we are able to estimate the damage that corona caused the US, our debt should be reduced by that much. But money cannot bring back our dead. How do you make a nation pay for murder?

  • Emma Hood

    04/08/2020 12:13 PM

    Our family has tried to buy US made products for many years. We realized early on that our raw materials were being shipped in great quantities to China and other European and Asian countries just to be made into cheap goods by exploited workers and sent back to us for consumption. Sam Walton recognized that too and, up until his company was taken over by others, he sold American made products. If anything good comes from this pandemic, it is the fact that Americans take pride in their workmanship and our country needs to support them. It also proves that our land is only safe is we depend on our own citizens to own and maintain it.

  • douglas bledsoe

    04/08/2020 11:45 AM

    Yes, send China the bill!

  • Richard V Houser

    04/08/2020 11:22 AM

    The fact that China promised to shut down the Wuhan wet meat markets after the SARS epidemic, but then broke that promise, and then hid the Carona virus outbreak for several weeks with the help of WHO, makes China and WHO responsible for the severity of the worlds PANDEMIC DEATHS, SICKNESS, LOST PRODUCTIVITY, PAIN, ANGUISH, AND EXPENSE. THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE. THEY MUST PAY!

  • sue keenan

    04/08/2020 10:18 AM

    just read the march 311 2020 article by cleta mitchell about corona virus chronology perhaps you have already seen it or reported on it it is new to me

  • Bill Codner

    04/08/2020 10:06 AM

    If the Chicoms refuse to pay the bill, we just increase import duties until the bill is paid with interest.

  • Lynn Taylor

    04/08/2020 09:01 AM

    Absolutely China is responsible for the lethal spread without proper containment of the Wuhan Virus and this terrible wrongdoing of China against the entire world should help establish their accountability, financially & otherwise.
    Yet, how does any leader/nation make China accountable when they don’t admit wrongdoing?
    Quite a feat for our great President. We’ve all seen our President handle monumental issues better than expected and I’d wager he’s handling this effectively and efficiently as well. Just take it off “our tab” to China!
    Time will tell!

  • charles hartman

    04/08/2020 08:34 AM

    who knows if this wasn't on purpose? china may have been trying it on there own people and it got out of hand. its not like they haven't killed thousands of there people for much less. send the commie bastards the bill they won't forget. like your emails.

  • Peter Zanella

    04/08/2020 08:15 AM

    Great idea, Governor, let's see if China still demands to have the debt many Western Countries have with them, honored...

  • Celeste M. Diehl

    04/08/2020 07:57 AM

    Yes, send China the bill!

  • Janice D Pierce

    04/08/2020 02:29 AM

    I am all for taking it (the cost) from what the USA owes China. Go for it President nTrump and Sen. McConnell, no sense asking Speaker Nancy to get on board either for this or the drug Hydroxycloriquine .

  • Brian Woodell

    04/08/2020 12:05 AM

    A huge thumbs up Mike! I read you every day and have forwarded you to other people. Thank you so much for all your insight and straight forward info! I think that rural America is going to boom! It's going to change more than anything else in the US! People are going to realize that it's a lot healthier to have a little separation in their lives and!, And be a little less dependant on someone else for their own survival!!! My wife and I live in central eastern Oregon. We grow ànd preserve a lot of our own food. It's our lifestyle. We're 60 miles from a bank and a subway/dairy Queen. We're 120 miles from a Safeway/Walmart. A home Depot/ Fred Meyer 150 miles. These are all one way! We go to town once a month to get groceries on a big scale. We have two big freezers. Etc. We can survive better out here than the people who live in the city next to a mega store! Sure, we have a lot more dust. And you might see a coyote, cougar once in a while, maybe a wolf. But also see a deer at the bird feeder and elk on the way to town make it all worth while! Go Trump! Go Huckabee! Go Fox news!

  • Viola W King

    04/07/2020 10:02 PM

    Good Idea - deduct the large amount from China' debt to the USA.

  • Carolyn Strong

    04/07/2020 09:28 PM

    I agree! When this is over, we must send China the bill! And our debt to them should be erased!!!!
    They should not be allowed to open the wet markets... dangerous to world health!
    And someone should check into WHO.... they aren't worth looking after the world's welfare!

  • Renee Kendrick

    04/07/2020 09:22 PM

    YES! Send China the bill with 100% interest compounded daily! Also, eliminate all travel to/from China permanently. Prohibit trade with China 100%. Send all non-citizens in the US that are from China back to their home country. Restrict all people with passports that originated in China from boarding US-destined airline flights in any country. Send every item with "China" on the label back to China. Also, every American corporation, retailer, and consumer needs to boycott conducting all business and buying any goods from China. Do not allow imports from China on American soil. What goods from China are already here, put them on speed boats back to that country...not on a slow boat to China. Don't just put the hammer down on this country, put the wrecking ball to it. China has gradually taken over the US without saying a word. It is time to take back our America and give China back their country.