National Defense Production Act policy coordinator Peter Navarro joined FNC's "Fox & Friends" to talk about the effort to slow the coronavirus pandemic and a report that the Trump administration is threatening to sue China over its early coverup of the coronavirus.
"We know that China knew about this virus as early as mid-December, we know that for a period of five or six weeks, they hid the dangers from the rest of the world, even as Chinese citizens were flying around, seeding the world with the virus," he said. "But what it looks like from the data, during that interval China was basically attempting to corner the market in personal protective equipment, including masks.
"So they were buying large quantities of masks, gloves, respirators, goggles, from the rest of the world at a time when the world was still sleeping on the dangers of the virus."
"2.2 billion masks, China bought between January 24 and the end of February," he said. "Americans are getting infected because they don't have masks, Italians are dying because they don't have the masks, healthcare professionals are going down. If those statistics are telling a story about China trying to corner the world market in PPE, when they knew the dangers and didn't tell the rest of the world, I think that's a serious discussion we need to have when this is over."