A series of steps taken by U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration will weaken the U.S. economy and give an advantage to China. This opinion was expressed by former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a CPAC conference of U.S. in Orlando, Florida.
Speaking about the refusal of the new US administration to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the United States, Pompeo noted that the Democrats had “destroyed 10,000 jobs”.
According to the former secretary of state, the U.S. president’s special envoy on climate, John Kerry, believed that residents who didn’t get jobs related to the pipeline “would go make solar panels.” Pompeo expressed confidence that won’t happen.
“You can rest assured that cheap solar panels from China will flood into America like never before. It won’t do the United States any good,” the former secretary of state was quoted as saying.
He stressed that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump did not allow China to “take jobs” of Americans, insisting on “fair trade based on the principle of reciprocity.”
Commenting on Biden’s decision to return the U.S. to the Paris climate agreement, Pompeo argued that the Chinese leadership was extremely happy about it, while “American workers lost out.” The Trump administration has insisted that the agreement is extremely disadvantageous to the U.S. economy.
On February 4, Pompeo expressed hope that Biden’s phrase “America is back” did not mean Chinese supremacy and the Chinese takeover of millions of U.S. jobs.
Biden later said that competition between the United States and China is fierce. However, he added that the two countries should not be in conflict.