White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro told Fox News in an interview Thursday that when China’s communist authorities censored parts of Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate, they did so in a “calculated” bid at deception.
“What China does is they regularly monitor international broadcast,” Navarro said. “You got your seven or 10 second delay. And this was quite calculated on their part.”
The debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic challenger Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was broadcast in China on U.S. broadcaster CNN. About 30 seconds of the debate was abruptly cut off as Pence began to criticize the Chinese regime, saying “China is to blame,” referring to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic that has infected more than 7.5 million Americans—including President Donald Trump—and killed more than 211,000.
The blocked portion of the debate included remarks from Pence echoing the Trump administration’s line that the Chinese communist regime’s coverup and mismanagement are to blame for the pandemic.
“China is to blame for the coronavirus and President Trump is not happy about it,” Pence said. “China and the World Health Organization did not play straight with the American people, they did not let our personnel into China to get information on the coronavirus until the middle of February.”
The broadcast resumed when the debate topic changed.
Navarro, in his remarks to Fox News, alleged that the Democratic Party and the Chinese regime were aligned in their efforts to beat Trump.
“What we have is the Democrat Party and the Chinese Communist Party effectively making common cause in the defeat of Donald J. Trump,” Navarro said.
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