United States President Donald Trump launched a scathing attack on China on Thursday, May 14, as he threatened to completely end ties between the United States and China over the latter’s alleged reluctance to share complete information about COVID. -19.
Trump was speaking to Fox Business News when he said cutting ties with China would save them $ 500 billion, reiterating his earlier accusation that the communist state is “swindling” the United States on trade deficits. When asked if he had spoken to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping about it, Trump said, “I have a very good relationship, but at the moment I don’t want to speak to him.”
Blame Game COVID-19
The Trump administration has long been attacking China for its handling of the initial outbreak, sometimes directly and sometimes using the World Health Organization (WHO) as a means.
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had previously claimed that the country has sufficient evidence to prove that the COVID-19 contagion arose from a laboratory in Wuhan and that it is not natural, not to mention if the release of the disease was deliberate.
Trump during the interview also joined Pompeo’s claims, saying that when the United States offered to help Chinese authorities, they simply refused to add, “for what was stupidity, incompetence, or deliberation.”
The Trump administration has reportedly been blocking the investment of the United States’ federal retirement funds in Chinese stocks. In a letter acquired by Fox Network, Trump’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien and National Economic Council President Larry Kudlow wrote to the US Secretary of Labor. The US, Eugene Scalia, claiming that the White House does not want the Savings Savings Plan, a federal employee retirement fund, to invest in Chinese equities, as it would expose the funds to “significant and unnecessary financial risk.”
Trump also said he will review legislation introduced in the Senate on Tuesday that proposes sanctions on China, in response to Beijing’s unwillingness to share complete information about the outbreak.
COVID-19 Crisis in the USA USA
The United States is currently the most affected country in the world with more than 1.4 million cases of infections and more than 86,000 deaths, according to figures on the Worldometer website. How Trump is interested in reopening the US economy USA And getting companies to run as usual also faces a lot of criticism of their administration’s handling of the outbreak.
A ‘Trump death watch’ was recently reportedly affixed to the Times Square building, the creator of which he said shows how many lives could have been saved if the president had acted earlier.
On the other hand, China blamed the US government. USA For diverting public attention by suggesting that the virus originated in a Wuhan laboratory and called it ineffective in handling the outbreak. Health experts believe the virus emerged from a seafood market in Wuhan, where exotic animals were traded illegally. The WHO has called the United States a ‘speculative’ claim saying that the country has not yet provided any evidence on the origin of the virus.