What if Trump is Right on China?

Here in Utah I'm so proud of the way our communities have adjusted to life during this frightening COVID-19 pandemic. We've found ways to work at home, keep the kids busy, and to deal with the uncertainty about how long this will last.  Let's hope it lasts nowhere near as long as another sickness we've been dealing with since 2016, Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS).  While many seem intent on finding ways to blame President Trump for the current pandemic, more credible voices are countering this TDS with something very rare on the Internet these days: facts, reason, and logic. 

Writing this week in The Atlantic, former deputy national security adviser Nadia Schadlow blistered the TDS crowd by outlining how the President's knee-jerk critics are letting their disdain for the president blind them to geopolitical realities of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). 

Even as the current emergency has proved him right in fundamental ways, many respectable people in the United States are letting their disdain for the president blind them to what is really going on in the world.

When the Trump administration announced travel restrictions from China way back on January 31, many saw this move as an unjustified racist reaction. Unbelievably, so many of these very same TDS victims are now saying that Trump didn't act soon enough and that he is to blame for the spread of the virus.

It's shameful that some voices will spin anything they can to score political points, without any regard for the truth, even while Americans are struggling and dying. One almost gets the sense that they are hoping Trump will fail.  This is not the Utah way.  We have a strong sense of community and we know to put our differences aside when it means greater good for all. I would remind those with TDS that at the end of they day, we are all on the same team and that maybe President Trump is right.

Far from discrediting Trump’s point of view, the COVID-19 crisis reveals what his strategy asserted: that the world is a competitive arena in which great power rivals like China seek advantage...that international institutions have limited capacity to transform the behavior and preferences of states.

Schidlow reminds us how the rest of the world welcomed China into international organizations with the hopes that the country's leadership would become a "responsible stakeholder." Instead, China has used its influence to corrupt those organizations, notably the WHO and the WTO. Calling this out is not racist, it's reality.


For the decade and a half prior to 2017, both Republican and Democratic leaders publicly worried about China’s unwillingness to play by the rules, but were reluctant to deal head on with China’s authoritarian government and statist economy. Thankfully we now have someone in the White House that is not afraid to do so.

So grateful for the leadership of President Trump in this difficult time, and for good people like deputy secretary Schadlow. 


Please read the entire article from The Atlantic referenced above:
Former deputy national security adviser for strategy, Ms. Schadlow is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.

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