Addressing the conservative faithful at CPAC – the Conservative Political Action Conference – Trump said that Biden had had ‘the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history.’
He strongly criticized the president’s decision to rejoin the World Health Organization, describing the WHO as ‘puppets for China’, and insisting Biden was unable to rein the Chinese in.
Trump complained about companies relocating to China, describing China as a country that has ‘ripped us off for years’ and ‘should not be rewarded.’
Donald Trump on Sunday accused Joe Biden of being in thrall to China thanks to family ties
He complained about Biden being too lenient on China, saying: ‘That’s what the Biden administration is doing. But, of course, as you know, they have a very close, personal relationship with China, so I don’t expect much to happen.’
Biden is pictured with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in August 2011
Trump has frequently accused Biden of being in some way compromised by China.
His son, Hunter Biden, attempted to do business with Beijing – his father insisted he was unaware of Hunter’s efforts.
Trump has rejected Joe Biden’s explanation, however, and insisted the president was being too lenient – despite Biden continuing many of Trump’s trade policies with Beijing, and speaking out against persecution of the Uighurs.
Trump told the meeting it was essential to ensure that America had the upper hand.
‘We believe in standing up to China, shutting down outsourcing, bringing back our factories and supply chains, and ensuring that America, not China, dominates the future of the world,’ he said.
‘We took in hundreds of millions of dollars from China during my administration, hundreds.
‘It was a one-way street. We took in hundreds of millions, and during negotiations they would say, look, we don’t want any more of these tariffs. Those tariffs, we took in so much money. And what happened is they became competitive.’
Trump has frequently attacked Joe Biden’s businessman son Hunter for his dealings in China
Trump also reiterated his blame of Beijing for their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
Trump accused China of covering up the virus’ spread, adding: ‘what happened with that was just disgraceful.’
Returning to his attack on Biden, Trump described the Democrat administration as ‘anti-jobs, anti-family, anti-borders, anti-energy, anti-women, anti-science.’
He added: ‘In just one short month, we have gone from America first to America last.’
Trump’s attacks on Biden were predictable, accusing his successor of ‘eliminating our [southern] border’ and triggering ‘a massive flood of illegal immigration.’
Trump accused Mitch McConnell, with wife Elaine Chao, of being compromised by China
Trump’s remarks on Biden will likely raise eyebrows, given his own recent comments about his own party’s leader being compromised – and even his own Cabinet.
On February 16 Trump launched an extraordinary attack on Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, whose wife, Elaine Chao, Trump’s transport secretary, was born in Taiwan.
Her family has a vast shipping business in China, and significant ties to official China, including board positions in state companies and a close relationship between Chao’s father and former Chinese President and Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Jiang Zemin.
‘McConnell has no credibility on China because of his family’s substantial Chinese business holdings,’ said Trump.
‘He does nothing on this tremendous economic and military threat.’