President Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden are unleashing the first shots over China and the COVID-19 pandemic that could have a direct impact on November’s election.
Trump has directly attacked China, where the pandemic originated, as an apparent distraction from domestic criticism of his slow recognition of the crisis. But he is also exposed by his flattery of President Xi Jinping’s management of the virus.
But Biden fought back with an aggressive digital ad that claims, “Trump rolled over for the Chinese. He took their word for it.” He directly blamed Trump for millions of lost jobs and tens of thousands of US deaths because he says he left the country “unprepared and unprotected.”
However, the President’s struggle to find an exit from the worst domestic crisis since World War II exacerbated by a series of missteps bound up in his dealings with Beijing will likely decide the election outcome in November.
It is pretty clear that this battle over China will further worsen what experts call the world’s most important diplomatic, economic, and security relationship.
The President’s weeks of praise for Xi left him open to accusations of hypocrisy.
“China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus,” Trump tweeted on January 24, a period in which he now accuses the World Health Organization of deceiving the world in regards to the situation in China. Trump’s 2020 campaign is concentrated on attacking Biden with ads that claim that he, not Trump, went soft on Beijing.