We doubt that President Trump is taking much pleasure in how the coronavirus pandemic has proved him right in so many heartbreaking ways, but it’s certainly time for the rest of America to wake up to the simple fact that it has. For nearly four years, Trump has built his political brand on the kind of economic nationalism that has been eschewed by our globalist leaders for the last 20+ years. And all it took was a global pandemic to show that his way forward is the ONLY way forward if we want this country to survive.
On Tuesday, at the daily coronavirus press briefing, President Trump explained why America can no longer outsource its own security.
“We should never be reliant on a foreign country for the means of our own survival,” he told reporters. “I think we’ve learned a lot. This crisis has underscored just how critical it is to have strong borders and a robust manufacturing sector. For three years, we’ve embarked on a great national project to secure our immigration system and bring back our manufacturing jobs. We’ve brought back many jobs, record numbers of jobs, and this really shows, this experience shows how important borders are. Without borders, you don’t have a nation.”
Trump hinted at some of the most disturbing highlights to come out of the coronavirus panic; namely, the fact that America depends so heavily on China and India for our pharmaceutical manufacturing. On Tuesday, India went into a 21-day lockdown, prompting experts to worry that it could have a damning effect on our ability to get our hands on lifesaving medicine.
“Our goal for the future must be to have American medicine for American patients, American supplies for American hospitals, and American equipment for our great American heroes,” Trump said. “Now both parties must unite to ensure America is truly an independent nation in every sense of the word. Energy independence, we’ve established it, manufacturing independence, economic independence, and territorial independence enforced by strong, sovereign borders.
“America will never be a supplicate nation. We will be a proud, prosperous, and self-reliant nation,” he continued. “We will embrace commerce with all but will be dependent on none. Above all, we know the best thing for our economy and the world right now is a very, very powerful victory over the virus.”
That’s true enough, but it’s also true that we should not forget the overriding lesson of this pandemic: Relying on other countries – particularly countries with whom we have an uneasy relationship, like China – can no longer be the status quo. Trade is all good and well; dependence is not.