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Donald Trump warns China could face 'consequences' over pandemic

Trump’s comments were made after he appeared to back anti-lockdown protests in several US states.
Apr 19th 2020, 7:56 AM 64,122 132

US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has warned that China could face consequences if it was “knowingly responsible” for the coronavirus pandemic.

“It could have been stopped in China before it started and it wasn’t,” Trump told reporters at a White House briefing. “And now the whole world is suffering because of it.”

Trump was asked whether China should suffer consequences over the pandemic which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December and has left more than 157,000 people dead around the world.

“If they were knowingly responsible, certainly,” he said. “If it was a mistake, a mistake is a mistake.

“But if they were knowingly responsible, yeah, then there should be consequences,” Trump said.

“Was it a mistake that got out of control or was it done deliberately?” he asked. “That’s a big difference between those two.

“In either event they should have let us go in,” he said. “We asked to go in early. And they didn’t want us in. I think they knew it was something bad and they were embarrassed.”

“They said they’re doing an investigation,” the president continued. “So let’s see what happens with their investigation. But we’re doing investigations also.”

The Trump administration has said it doesn’t rule out that the coronavirus was spread – accidentally – from a laboratory researching bats in Wuhan.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian – who previously alleged that the US military may have brought the virus into China – has rejected US media reports on the subject and said there is “no scientific basis.”

Trump’s comments were made shortly after he publicly sparred with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and appeared to back anti-lockdown protests in several states. 

The official death toll in the US is nearing 35,000, with some 685,000 confirmed infections. Some 22 million people have lost their jobs.

© – AFP 2020

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