(USA Features) As the COVID-19 pandemic spread beyond China’s borders, Bejing ordered a halt to exports of vitally needed medical supplies and equipment needed to combat the disease, a new report claims.
As such, the Trump administration is now considering filing a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights or working “through the United Nations” to address the alleged actions, White House sources told the New York Post.
“In criminal law, compare this to the levels that we have for murder,” Jenna Ellis, a legal aide to President Trump’s reelection campaign, said.
“People are dying. When you have intentional, cold-blooded, premeditated action like you have with China, this would be considered first-degree murder,” she added.
Executives at large U.S. corporations that manufacture masks and other healthcare equipment told federal authorities in January that China had cut off exports of those items along with shields and other personal protective equipment.
Last month, the president invoked the Defense Production Act to prod U.S. companies to make PPE and other necessary equipment, which is in short supply in certain parts of the country.
More than 300,000 confirmed cases of the virus have been reported in the United States, and nearly 10,000 people have died.
Trump has criticized China for not doing more to slow the spread of the virus, which originated in Wuhan city.