UPDATED 1:04 PM PT — Monday, April 20, 2020
It’s down to the wire in the race for the White House with President Trump expected to go toe-to-toe with the presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden, but a different kind of battle seems to be brewing behind the scenes.
Both campaigns are looking to paint each candidate as bad for America and good for China. According to Axios, the Trump campaign is specifically looking at Biden’s ties to Beijing.
On the flip side, the Biden campaign wants to point the finger at President Trump by claiming he “rolled over” for China in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. In a memo from the DNC, the organization said they are honing in on his desire for a trade agreement. They claimed he “sought a deal to begin undoing the damage caused by his trade policies.”
Donald Trump left our country unprepared and unprotected for the worst public health and economic crisis in our lifetime — and now we’re paying the price. pic.twitter.com/aCxcqQqUqw
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 18, 2020
However, the Trump campaign isn’t planning on holding anything back. They are sifting through years of Biden’s political career, where he’s come to China’s defense.
Critics have pointed to Biden’s time on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he fought to grant China most-favored-nation (MFN) trade status as well as membership with the World Trade Organization. These two battles that were ultimately won in 2001 despite Beijing’s government coming under fire for consistent abuses of human rights.
His son’s job on the energy board of Ukrainian gas firm Burisma will also be a focal point of the Trump war room’s reelection efforts. Hunter Biden has come under fire from Republicans, even on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers spearheading efforts to launch a probe into his role with the company.
TRUMP: “If Sleepy Joe Biden wins… China will own the United States.” pic.twitter.com/LfkBD5Hl74
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 18, 2020
It’s clear these next few months will be critical for both campaigns as November fast approaches. Analysts speculate foreign policy could be on the radar for many Americans moving forward, which is something both candidates will likely have in mind.