Hudson Institute senior fellow Michael Pillsbury urged White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro to “modify'” his public comments about China Monday after Navarro accused China President Xi Jinping of “profiteering” from the coronavirus pandemic.

“Peter … is a friend of mine, I admire him,” Pillsbury told “Bill Hemmer Reports,” but added “for Peter to imply that Xi Jinping deliberately did all this, that’s quite a split from the President of the United States.”

“I advise Peter to modify this,” Pillsbury added. “He has changed things before. Maybe [there’s] one chance in a thousand Xi Jinping did all these things, but the president [Trump] says there is no evidence yet, so this seems to be premature, for me, for Peter to pin everything on Xi Jinping himself.”