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Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Trump cuts a deal on COVID-19 drugs

President Donald John Trump wanted antimalarial drugs. Indian Prime Minister Modi wanted access to the U.S. drug market.

They cut a deal. A big deal.
This was not without some drama. Hey, it involves Donald Trump.

On Saturday, Modi banned exporting the antimalarial drugs because his nation might need them. Good move. India First.

At Monday's COVID-19 briefing, a reporter asked, "Are you worried about retaliation to your decision to ban export of medical goods, like Indian Prime Minister Modi’s decision to not export hydroxychloroquine to the United States and other countries?"

The president replied, "I don’t like that decision, if that’s — I don’t — I didn’t hear that that was his decision. I know that he stopped it for other countries. I spoke to him yesterday. We had a very good talk. And we’ll see whether or not that is. I would be surprised if he would, you know, because India does very well with the United States. For many years, they’ve been taking advantage of the United States on trade  So I would be surprised if that were his decision. He’d have to tell me that.

"I spoke to him Sunday morning. I called him. And I said, We’d appreciate your allowing our supply to come out. If he doesn’t allow it to come out, that would be okay, but, of course, there may be retaliation. Why wouldn’t there be?"

Tough talk.

And of course Indians howled about retaliation.

But within 24 hours, they cut a deal because that is how business operates.
Indians are happy. President Trump did not mess around quibbling.

Opening our pharmaceutical market to India raises a big question: aren't we just swapping our dependency on drugs from Red China to India?

The shift away from Red China is a good move. And I doubt India will be foolish enough to include fentanyl in its shipments.

And we shall see if American manufacturers will re-open factories here once we cut Red China off.

Oh, and we will do that. Never again, baby. Red China is going to pay.

With an apparent cure in hand and spring arriving, the time has come to open the nation for business. Waffle House can lead the way, just as it does after hurricanes.

Maybe the FDA will approve chloroquine for treatment of COVID-19 before the presidential election.

In 2024.


  1. Ya' know,,, this hand sanitizer doesn't taste as bad as you'd think...


  2. You too? I agree!


    1. Sheila Jackson LeeApril 7, 2020 at 6:40 PM

      Yeah, but it burns when you snort it.

    2. Nothing better than fat ankles, an erratic mouth, and downright stupidity for me to whip out an industrial size barrel of hand sanitizer!!!

  3. To listen to the MSM it was made out that Pres.Trump "bullied the Indians into giving US the meds." When I read that I thought-"No he's cut a deal-the will be something in return." China is the loser.

    1. Yeah, he BULLIED them, bitches. Bullied the shite outta them. Now take your 7 o’clock meds, bitches.

    2. Inja hates Red China a lot more than we do.

  4. Indian drugs are much safer than Chinese. Plus, communicating with other English-speaking nations is easier. India may not exactly be a friend, but is an ally with a better trust history. Meaning that - with caution - we can generally trust them to play reasonably fair.