China Blocked Exports of Crucial Medical Supplies as COVID-19 Started Spreading
Trump's legal aide describes actions 'to the levels that we have for murder'
Critical medical supplies were reportedly blocked from U.S. manufacturers by Chinese officials as the coronavirus spread across the world.
President Donald Trump's administration is NOW contemplating filing a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights or working “through the United Nations to address the reported actions," according to the New York Post.
Jenna Ellis, a legal aide to Trump’s reelection campaign, said:
“In criminal law, compare this to the levels that we have for murder."
"People are dying. When you have intentional, cold-blooded, premeditated action as you have with China, this would be considered first-degree murder.”
Executives at large U.S. companies such as 3M and Honeywell reported to authorities that China was disallowing exports of face masks, shields and gloves.
But 3M was also accused of shipping critical protective equipment and medical supplies, including respirator masks, to foreign countries that outbid U.S. buyers.
Jared Moskowitz told host Tucker Carlson that he caught 3M distributors prioritizing foreign buyers after they refused to sell him the essential equipment, needed for America's heroic front-line health workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump has also frequently called out China for not doing more to slow the spread of the virus.
last month Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to compel U.S. companies to make the lifesaving equipment, which is running in short supply in hot spots across the country.
Earlier this week, Dr. Deborah Birx, admitted that they "didn’t know how contagious” coronavirus is because of China.
In January, China was accused of covering up the scale of the virus in its early stages.
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Many have argued China's action took away precious time in containing COVID-19.
“At the time, when this virus stuck…I was working very intently on HIV at the time, and was overseas in sub-Saharan Africa, watching the data coming from China," Birx said.
"And I think when we looked at the profile, first, there was a question about human-to-human transmission."
Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described China's reluctance to work with the US on combatting the virus.
“We’ve wanted to work with the Chinese Communist Party throughout this crisis – this crisis that began in Wuhan, China,” Pompeo said.
“We tried – you’ll remember – from the opening days to get our scientists, our experts on the ground there so that we could begin to assist in the global response to what began there in China, but we weren’t able to do that. The Chinese Communist Party wouldn’t permit that to happen.”
“You’ll recall, too, at the beginning of this, when it was clear that this was an issue, China knew about it, they were the first country to know about the risk to the world from this virus, and they repeatedly delayed sharing that information with the globe,” Pompeo continued.