A Texas longshoreman once defined the slang term, Fixin’, as something “you’re thinking about doing, gonna do, and already done it in your head.” It appears President Donald Trump is fixin’ to sever ties completely with China.
The U.S. “certainly does maintain a policy option, under various conditions, of a complete decoupling from China,” President Trump tweeted.
Those words have been prophetic as policy hawks are already seeing evidence that President Trump has been distancing the U.S. economy from China even after bringing the communists to heel with a trade war win. These telltale signs indicate that Pres. Trump continues to create an international buffer should he decide to go all-in and end economic relations.
1: Trump Bans Private Companies With Ties To Communist Party
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been a vocal advocate of minimizing China’s influence in the U.S. by evicting corporations linked to the CPC, the Communist Party of China, which rules the country. More than two dozen corporations were recently blacklisted in the U.S. due to national security concerns.
The list includes AI and facial recognition outfits such as Hikvision. Hikvision reportedly provided the Chinese government with AI to spy on Uighurs Muslims, resulting in thousands being sent to Chinese concentration camps. Huawei Technologies made headlines after the DOJ opened an investigation and requested neighboring Canada hold CFO Meng Wanzhou for extradition to the U.S. The ZTE cellular phone company has been banned and the Trump Administration is currently mulling a ban on the Chinese owned app popular with teens and 20 somethings TikTok.
“We’re certainly looking at it. We’ve worked on this very issue for a long time, whether it was the problems of having Huawei technology in your infrastructure — we’ve gone all over the world and we’re making real progress getting that out,” Secretary Pompeo reportedly said about TikTok. “We declared ZTE a danger to American national security. We’ve done all of these things. With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you, the United States will get this one right too.”
2: Trump Ended Taxpayer Funding to World Health Organization
More than 130,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus pandemic and it was entirely preventable. If leaders at the World Health Organization had not gotten into bed with the Chinese Communist Party, accurate and independent reporting would have occurred.
But the communist regime cast wide-reaching influence over the WHO. So much so that the organization seemed to forget that hard-working Americans footed the vast majority of their bills. With the U.S. hovering around 3 million infected, Pres. Trump severed ties with the WHO altogether.
“Chinese officials ignored their reporting obligations to the World Health Organization and pressured the World Health Organization to mislead the world when the virus was first discovered by Chinese authorities,” Trump said. “China has total control over the World Health Organization, despite only paying $40 million per year compared to what the United States has been paying, which is approximately $450 million a year.”
According to reports, American taxpayers sent $3.5 billion to the WHO over the last decade. Not anymore. Those funds will now be distributed to organizations such as the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, and the Samaritan’s Purse, among others.
3: Trump Throws Down Gauntlet Over Broken China Trade Deal
In recent weeks, President Trump has rattled his saber declaring that China has not held up its end of Phase I of the deal that ended the trade war.
“You see the tariffs we’re doing?” President Trump reportedly said at a Florida rally. “Because they broke the deal. They broke the deal. So, they’re flying in. The vice-premier tomorrow is flying in, but they broke the deal. They can’t do that. So, they’ll be paying. If we don’t make the deal, nothing wrong with taking in more than $100 billion a year.”
President Trump has been vocal about Chinese currency manipulation, intellectual property theft, and subsidizing state-owned companies to undermine American businesses. Should he win re-election in November, he could be fixin’ to stop China from stealing from us ever again.