Trump administration is drawing up long-term plans to punish China over the Coronavirus outbreak.
Multiple sources inside the administration say that there is an appetite to use various tools, including sanctions. Canceling US debt obligations and drawing up new trade policies, to make clear to China. And to everyone else, where they feel the responsibility lies.
One official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
We have to get the economy going again, we have to be careful about how we do this
But we will find ways to show the Chinese that their actions are completely reprehensible.
Meanwhile, the Intelligence community is under huge pressure from the administration. Senior officials pushing to find out whether the virus escaped into the public from a laboratory in Wuhan.
CNN reported earlier this month that the government was looking into the theory that the virus originated in the lab but hadn’t yet able to corroborate it. Earlier this month Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the weight of evidence suggests the virus was of natural origin.
Moreover, the New York Times reported Thursday that officials were pressuring intelligence analysts to find information supporting the idea.
Meanwhile, in response to building pressure, China launched a propaganda effort to distract from its own culpability, including blaming US soldiers for importing the pathogen in remarks that infuriated Trump and the administration.
In conclusion, no one really knows yet what will happen with both these countries. In addition, let’s hope that this will end in a peaceful manner.