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Democrat President Joe Biden admitted on Tuesday that he has not confronted Chinese President Xi Jinping about China’s lies during the pandemic.
The president also changed his tune as he talked about Major League Baseball pulling the All-Star Game out of Georgia which followed his remarks last week that he would “strongly support” the league doing so. While saying that he supports “whatever judgment they make,” Biden expressed pity for the businesses that will be economically damaged as a result of MLB pulling out of the state.
“There’s another side to it too, the other side to it too is when they in fact move out of Georgia, the people who need the help the most, people who are making hourly wages sometimes get hurt the most,” Biden said. “I think it’s a very tough decision for a corporation to make or group to make. But I respect them when they make that judgment.”
Biden also fielded a question, as he left the press conference, on the issue of China and its lies during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Mr. President, You mentioned 554,064 Americans dead from COVID-19,” Fox News reporter Peter Doocy said. “A lot of families want to know how this happened, how it got here. Have you had a chance to speak to any of your international partners?”
“President Xi, who I know you go way back with, have you had the chance to ask him if these reporters are true that China maybe misled the world at the beginning?” Doocy asked.
“No, I have not had that conversation with President Xi,” Biden responded. “Thank you.”
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— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 6, 2021
China’s lies, early coverup, delay in releasing critical facts, online censorship, promotion of baseless conspiracy theories, and silencing of medical professionals during the pandemic have been widely reported on and even the Biden administration has expressed serious doubt about a recently released WHO report on the origins of the pandemic inside China.
The Daily Wire previously highlighted different reports on the statistics that China released on their own coronavirus cases and deaths:
U.S. officials have indicated that they believe that China “intentionally” underreported their true numbers “by at least a factor of 50.” British officials reportedly told Prime Minister Boris Johnson early in the pandemic that China could have underreported their numbers “by a factor of 15 to 40 times.” The Washington Post reported in April that “evidence” coming out of Wuhan suggested that the real death count was over 40,000, which comes as China still claims that it only has a little over 4,600 deaths total nationwide. A conservative estimate in April from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)—which gave China every benefit of the doubt when coming up with their calculations, and then some—suggested that China severely and “deliberately” underreported their numbers and that China’s true numbers at the time had to be at least 2.9 million infections with well over 100,000 deaths.
Then-Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said in December that the Chinese Communist Party, when they knew about the coronavirus’s transmissibility, “allowed it to go from China to the rest of the world.”
“They intentionally and deliberately downplayed it in their country, pressured World Health Organizations, and allowed it to spread to the rest of the world,” Ratcliffe added. “And that didn’t just have the effect of wrecking the global economy. It didn’t just have the effect of killing millions of people, including hundreds of thousands of Americans. It also had grave political consequences.”