President Donald Trump suggested on Thursday that the U.S. could “cut off the whole relationship” with China, claiming that doing so would save the country $500 billion.
“There are many things we could do,” Trump told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo on Thursday morning. “We could cut off the whole relationship.”
The U.S. and many other nations have become increasingly critical of China amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, which first arose in the Chinese city of Wuhan. China has been accused of covering up the extent of the outbreak and failing to be transparent about the seriousness of the virus. China has attempted to dismiss these criticisms and claimed that the Trump administration is trying to deflect criticism of its own response to the crisis.
The president suggested on Thursday that cutting ties with China would save the U.S. money.
“Now, if you did, what would happen?” he asked. “You’d save $500 billion if you cut off the whole relationship.”