One of the key outcomes from the new coronavirus outbreak that continues to sicken people across the globe, crush global markets and keep millions of Americans out of work is that "Made in America" will become a “really powerful rallying cry, ” Buck Sexton, the host of “The Buck Sexton Show” said on Friday.
“You’re going to get a lot of people who lived through this who are going to say, ‘Yeah, I’ll pay a little more to know this is made here.'” Sexton said.
The U.S. appears to be hardly alone in the turn inward. Relationships between countries in the European Union have seen similar political shifts since the outbreak. The BBC ran a headline on Friday, titled, “Coronavirus Outbreak Eats Into EU Unity.” The article is about the instinct for countries to protect their own in a time of crisis.
“Right now, every European government is struggling to protect their populations - their jobs, their health and their economy,” the article read. “But rich, europhile countries like Germany are not yet digging deeper into their pockets to help out poorer Italy and Spain. There's little sense of the responsibility West Germany felt towards the East after the fall of the Berlin Wall.”
The coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. has politicians reassessing the reliance on China to manufacture pharmaceuticals and other essential medical products.
A group of bipartisan Senators—led by Marsha Blackburn and Bob Menendez—have already co-sponsored a bill that would encourage drug companies to start manufacturing more of their product back in the U.S.
Blackburn has been critical of China over its handling of the outbreak and warned of the threat that Beijing could withhold medications from the U.S.
Sexton pointed to recent comments made by Trump’s economic adviser, Peter Navarro, who touched on the issue in a Thursday press briefing.
"Never again should we rely on the rest of the world for our essential medicines and countermeasures," he said. He continued, "One of the things that this crisis has taught us is that we are dangerously overdependent on a global supply chain for our medicines like penicillin, our medical supplies, masks, and our medical equipment like ventilators."
Sexton said Navarro is correct in his concerns on trade in general. Those who have warned about the issue previously have been “ridiculed” by many who “think of themselves as experts,” and who have been made to look like “complete fools.”
“No one thought this was a problem until now,” Sexton said. “The lack of foresight with all of this has been stunning. And it's more than just lack of foresight. There are people who, all along, have refused to make what are the decisions that are the best interests of America and the American people.”
China’s relationship with the U.S. has soured in recent months. Both countries have shown mutual suspicions over the coronavirus outbreak.
China has accused the U.S. of fear mongering and xenophobia. The U.S. has responded by accusing Beijing of hiding important numbers about the severity of the virus outbreak in its beginning stages. It wasn’t until weeks after the first case was reported in Wuhan that President Trump was in touch with China’s President Xi, which reports said illustrated the strain.
Sexton said countries have their own ways to approach issues and when things “get really ugly” that’s when you’re either “in the family or you’re not. That’s where we are right now.”