Donald Trump said that America will be owned by China and that Americans will have to learn to speak Chinese if he loses his bid for re-election in November. While speaking with conservative host Hugh Hewitt on The Hugh Hewitt Show, Trump turned to the topic of China and a recent report that the country might be pushing for former Vice President Joe Biden to win the election.
When asked why China might want to see the former VP triumph over Trump, the president said it’s because they would be able to “own” the U.S.
“Because they’ll own the United State if he wins, and with me, they were having the worst year in 67 years because I tariffed the hell out of them,” Trump replied. “And China will own… Look, China will own the United States if this election is lost by Donald Trump. If I don’t win the election, China will own the United States. You’re going to have to learn to speak Chinese, you want to know the truth. And you’ll have to learn it fast. They will own the United States.”
The host didn’t challenge the statement or ask for clarification on how the country would come to own the U.S., but questioned whether Trump had any plans to talk about Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, in the upcoming debates.
The topic shifted to the stock market, and Trump said that NASDAQ has continued to climb and break records. He added that the vaccine for the novel coronavirus is nearly ready for use and distribution and that the country is doing well in terms of addressing the pandemic.
Earlier in the interview, Hewitt asked how it was possible to both be tough with China and to tweet “nice things” about Xi Jinping. Trump asserted that he had a “great” relationship with Chinese President Xi but that they are no longer on good terms after the “China virus” began to spread across the globe.
Trump also refuted the claim that he supported the decision to put the Uyghur people into so-called concentration camps. People of the ethnic minority group in the Central and East regions of China have reportedly been persecuted and imprisoned or detained in “vocational training centers.”
While some reports suggest that China is supporting a Democratic victory, former National Security Adviser John Bolton said in his recent book The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir, that Trump had asked Xi for help to win the 2020 race.