The coronavirus pandemic has made one thing painfully clear: the United States depends upon foreign supply chains far too much.
With China recently threatening to cut off our access to life-saving coronavirus medication, Breitbart is now reporting that President Donald Trump is calling for both parties to unite to push through his American independence agenda.
The danger zone
The U.S. has traded its independence for cheap foreign goods and labor, and the fragility of the system has never been more apparent.
While many of the leading health research and development is based within our country, we rely on other countries, especially China, to manufacture and deliver the actual medicine and equipment.
During a crisis, this hurts us in two ways: firstly, there is an obvious delay in getting what we need simply due to the distance. Additionally, if that country decides to turn off the faucet — which China threatened to do — we have virtually no recourse.
By the time American manufacturing catches up, the problem is likely to already be out of control.
Trump, for his part, ran on a platform of “America First,” and at no time has it been clearer this is the direction in which we must go. In a Tuesday press conference, the president stressed the importance of increasing our border security, domestic manufacturing, and self-reliance as a nation — all issues that the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted in the past several weeks.
“We should never be reliant on a foreign country for the means of our own survival. 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,” Trump said, according to Breitbart.
He went on: “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. Now both parties must unite to ensure America is truly an independent nation in every sense of the word.”
It is probably a safe bet that Democrats will never get behind this message because it’s strongly “America First,” but think about this: currently, China is responsible for producing about 97% of the antibiotics we use here in the United States.
China also produces about 80% of the ingredients needed for all medications. Think about how many jobs could be added in this country if we brought manufacturing back to the U.S.
Trump emphasized this point Tuesday, declaring, “America will never be a supplicate nation. We will be a proud, prosperous, and self-reliant nation. 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.”