Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross drew widespread scorn on social media on Thursday for suggesting the spread of the deadly coronavirus in China could “help to accelerate the return of jobs” to the U.S.
Ross initially responded to Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo’s speculation that the virus could cause the Chinese economy to “grind to a halt” by saying: “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.”
But he then changed his tack:
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.
Check out the clip here:
Secretary Wilbur Ross says coronavirus will be good for [checks notes] American jobs: “I think it will help to accelerate the return of jobs to North America.” pic.twitter.com/Y4SbDIcTi4
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 30, 2020
At least 170 people have so far died from the virus outbreak in China, which originated in the city of Wuhan and has been spreading worldwide. There have been five confirmed cases in the U.S., and 195 Americans who were evacuated from China are currently being monitored at a Southern California military base.
Funeral Home Managers
Outbreak suit designers
Mad Max era gas hoarders
Guy collecting books who sits on his glasses
— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) January 30, 2020
Nothing quite says economic growth quite like *puts glasses on* the apocalypse
— The Holy Spirit (@TweetOfSpirit_) January 30, 2020
Peak gilded age, out of touch is @SecretaryRoss saying the coronavirus is a good thing for American jobs. That a guy can get to his level of prominence while having this kind of stuff come out of his mouth casually says a lot about where we are as a country. https://t.co/mmeOi5Yvct
— Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) January 30, 2020
Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross (actually) just said on Fox Business News that coronavirus could help American economy by bringing jobs to the US because companies may want to move here due health risks.
The death toll from the virus has reached 170
— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) January 30, 2020
Because, you know, it’s easy to abandon factories in China and construct them in North America overnight, all the while attracting extremely cheap labor. And there are never any health issues on this sound of the pond, right? Moron. https://t.co/pVe3z6YYiT
— Matthew Ross (@MatthewWords) January 30, 2020
Some days it’s hard to not think we are living in a Marvel movie when all these guys are straight from the “evil overload typecasting couch.” https://t.co/NolqN0ROLo
— Brady Goodman (@bradygoodman) January 30, 2020
I mean even if you think this, what would make anyone think it’s a good idea to say it on television? We’re talking about a deadly virus. People are fighting for their life as we speak https://t.co/3K2Gz6zjUT
— Marcel Dirsus (@marceldirsus) January 30, 2020