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Trade Adviser Peter Navarro: China Committed ‘Four Kills’ With Coronavirus Response
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: White House Trade and Manufacturing Policy Director Peter Navarro speaks during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in the press briefing room of the White House on March 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump signed the H.R. 748, the CARES Act on Friday afternoon. Earlier in the day, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the $2 trillion stimulus bill that lawmakers hope will battle the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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White House trade adviser Peter Navarro outlined on Tuesday night the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) actions following the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, accusing them of committing “four kills.”

“The Chinese might call it the four kills, the killing of Americans. Let’s walk through it,” Navarro said during an interview on Fox News’ “Hannity.”

“They spawned the virus probably in that P-4 lab right there in China and then they hid the virus behind the shield of the World Health Organization,” Navarro said. “What that did over a six-week period is allow hundreds of thousands of Wuhanians basically to get on aircraft and seed the world.”

“While they were doing that, and this is just disgusting, what they did was they vacuumed up all of the world’s masks, gloves, goggles, personal protective equipment, 2 billion masks, Sean, 2 billion masks,” Navarro continued. “That’s why in Milan, New York and other places, our people didn’t have them. Now, Sean, you know what they’re doing? What they’re doing is profiteering from this crisis, charging prices for a 50-cent mask, of $3, $4, $5 and more and sending us counterfeit tests.”

“That’s the four kills, the killing of Americans and people internationally,” Navarro concluded.

It is important to note that the first point that Navarro made, that the coronavirus was “spawned” in a lab is not exactly accurate. U.S. intelligence officials have told Fox News that they believe that the coronavirus escaped a high-level lab in Wuhan in an accident and that there is no evidence that the coronavirus was created or engineered in anyway.

The Washington Post reported the same conclusion a week ago:

As many have pointed out, there is no evidence that the virus now plaguing the world was engineered; scientists largely agree it came from animals. But that is not the same as saying it didn’t come from the lab, which spent years testing bat coronaviruses in animals, said Xiao Qiang, a research scientist at the School of Information at the University of California at Berkeley.


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