"All nations should work together to present China a bill for a minimum of $10 trillion to compensate for the damage," Trump said, adding that the figure was lower than it should be. "As a first step, all countries should collectively cancel any debt they owe to China as a down payment on reparations," he stated.
Trump further said he thought the U.S. should put a 100% tariff on any goods imported from China.
In a lengthy address Saturday night, the former president repeated sentiments from Republicans on the Hill and went after infectious disease specialist Anthony Fauci for reversing his position on the value of wearing masks early in the pandemic.
"Fauci said powerfully at the beginning, no masks," Trump chided Saturday. "Then he became a radical masker," he stated.
"Get a pair of goggles," he continued as the conservative crowd laughed.
Trump, nationally known for his own personal branding, mocked Fauci for this.
"He’s a nice guy, not a great doctor, but a great promoter," Trump said to more laughs. "He’s been wrong on almost every issue."
"Generally speaking I went the opposite way of Dr. Fauci," Trump continued.
Emails published earlier this week through various Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests showed that at the onset of the pandemic, Fauci advised people not to wear masks. It turned out he had wished to save them for first responders to prevent a shortage.
Though as the virus intensified across the country, he and other top officials changed their guidance and advised all Americans to wear masks when in public spaces.
Trump further reiterated unproven allegations regarding the integrity of the 2020 election – remarks that ended in Trump’s two-year ban from Facebook.
The former president insisted that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg "broke the law spending millions of dollars" on encouraging voting in Democratic-led areas in the country, he said.
Trump showed his disappointment at what he thinks is a systematic attack against the right done by blocking posts and accounts of those who suggest the election was "rigged."
"They say they may allow me back in two years," Trump said. Adding, "I’m not too interested in that."
Notwithstanding hitting some of the biggest problems facing the country, Trump kept his speech jolly at times, reflecting on the spike in growth of his youngest son.
Baron is 6’7" and still only 15, Trump told his supporters, joking that his son Eric "is short."
"He’s only 6’6", but we love our Eric," Trump added to laughs.