Around 7,000 people have been infected and 170 have died due to Coronavirus cases in Wuhan, China. Travel in the area is suspended and officials are working around the clock to provide adequate medical care to those infected as the death toll continues to rise.
President Donald Trump's Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, tried and failed to provide a silver lining.
Secretary Wilbur Ross says coronavirus will be good for [checks notes] American jobs: "I think it will help to acce… https://t.co/9jsVIF42q3— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1580388447.0
In an appearance on Fox News, the 82-year-old said:
"Every American's heart has to go out to the victims of the coronavirus, so I don't want to talk about a victory lap over a very unfortunate, very malignant disease."
Nevertheless, he still took the victory lap.
"But the fact is it does give businesses yet another thing to consider when they go through their review of their supply chain. On top of all the other things, you had SARS, you have the African swine (fever) virus there, now you have this. It's another risk factor that people need to take into account. So I think it will help to accelerate the return of jobs to North America ― some to U.S., probably some to Mexico as well."
Ross claimed that the deadly virus spreading further in China could result in more jobs and greater opportunities to the United States.
While Trump may solicit other countries for political investigations, a pillar of his campaign platform was bringing U.S. jobs from overseas.
Ross's optimism at a potential pandemic was just another extension of Trump's mindset.
Only Fox would let a damn Bond villain on air. https://t.co/pPSFeUEx3h— Jose Mata (@Jose Mata)1580396589.0
Typical sensitivity from the Trump administration Wilbur Ross might as well have said "the more of those Chinese wh… https://t.co/CLOmEiygHh— Michael Schuman (@Michael Schuman)1580390577.0
@atrupar So this vermin is ready to exploit the DEATH of countless people to speed up his own agenda. Where did I hear that before...— Chicca🇨🇦 (@Chicca🇨🇦)1580393210.0
They can't help themselves. Their lack of compassion and humanity suffuses almost everything they think and do. https://t.co/JGulWiWr5H— ilyse hogue (@ilyse hogue)1580396993.0
This is a government official actually describing the worldwide outbreak of a virulent contagion as an opportunity… https://t.co/n5vJ3GNNz4— Adam Savage (@Adam Savage)1580399402.0
These people are ghouls. https://t.co/W9rKvxU5bW— Nikki Torchia (@Nikki Torchia)1580396526.0
Our country is a run by a bunch of senile, perverted old men and the fox hosts who throw themselves at President Pe… https://t.co/Brb9Y4vfNi— Jonathan Franks (@Jonathan Franks)1580399376.0
Christ in a sidecar. Suggesting that a *pandemic* will be *good for American jobs* is some next level Satanic shit.… https://t.co/uorT6tuHGZ— Chuck Wendig (@Chuck Wendig)1580391107.0
One year ago this month, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he didn't understand why federal workers who hadn't be… https://t.co/w6nstGZS5g— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin)1580393213.0
China recently saw its biggest jump in single-day fatalities due to the virus.