Trump says US will charge China “substantial” money for coronavirus damage

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President Donald Trump has said that the United States will charge China a substantial amount for the damage caused by the coronavirus.

Trump was asked if he plans to look for money in the country after a German newspaper published a $ 160 billion mock bill for the impact of the closings on the economy after the spread of Wuhan in Europe.

The president said he had a “much easier” idea and said he planned to get much more than the Germans suggested.

China’s role in its efforts to conceal the spread of the virus when it was discovered has been used to blame the communist country for the spread of the disease around the world and to prevent other countries from preparing.

President Trump was one of the most virulent world leaders in the attack on the authoritarian regime and somehow dismissed the guilt for his own administration’s response in Beijing.

“We have a lot easier to do than that,” Trump said in a press briefing on the coronavirus in Washington DC on Monday.

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Donald Trump said the United States could demand a

Donald Trump said the United States could demand a “substantial” amount of money from China for the damage caused by the coronavirus. “Germany is looking at things, and we are looking at things, and we are talking about a lot more money than Germany,” he said at a briefing on Monday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is pictured on April 20. Trump said:

Chinese President Xi Jinping is pictured on April 20. Trump said: “We are not satisfied with China”

“Germany is looking at things, and we are looking at things, and we are talking about a lot more money than Germany.

“We have not yet determined the final amount. It’s very substantial, ”added Trump.

Last week, the German newspaper Bild calculated a “bill” of nearly 150 billion euros (about $ 162 billion) in economic damage to Germany due to the crisis.

The idea of ​​imposing reparations on China is not approved by the German government, the Foreign Minister Heiko Mass calling the concept illusory.

Trump’s press conference or the Chinese repairs came days after he threatened via Twitter to cancel the briefings after breaking into the weekend after only 22 minutes.

Coronavirus cases exceeded one million in the United States on Monday and deaths exceeded 56,000.

Trump spoke about the Rose Garden in the White House to talk about the damage the epidemic has done to the United States and the world.

Although he boasted of his excellent relations with Chinese President Xi Jinping, during the pandemic on Monday, he alluded to possible sanctions.

Although he boasted of his excellent relations with Chinese President Xi Jinping, during the pandemic on Monday, he alluded to possible sanctions.

Although he boasted of his excellent relations with Chinese President Xi Jinping, during the pandemic on Monday, he alluded to possible sanctions.

“There are many ways to hold them accountable,” said Trump during the briefing.

“We are carrying out very serious investigations, as you probably know. And we are not satisfied with China. We are not satisfied with this whole situation.

“Because we think he could have been arrested at the source. It could have been arrested quickly and would not have spread around the world. “

The coronavirus broke out in Wuhan in November and critics said the country had minimized the number of people infected.

Europe has become the new epicenter of the virus and, as cases have started to slow, the United States has taken over with the highest infection rate and death in the world.

The unemployment rate in the United States is at an all-time high and the economy has been hit hard.

Trump urges states to consider opening schools

President Donald Trump said states should “seriously consider” reopening their public schools before the end of the school year, even though dozens have already said it would be dangerous for students to return until summer or fall.

Trump made comments Monday on a call with the governors to discuss how to reopen their economies, among other topics.

None of the governors of the appeal responded to the suggestion, according to a recording obtained by the Associated Press.

Trump made the comments as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were working to finalize guidelines for reopening the economy. For schools, this involved placing student desks 6 feet apart, serving meals in the classroom instead of the cafeteria, and closing the playgrounds.

The reopening of schools is considered essential to revive the economy. Without a safe place for their children, many parents would find it difficult to return to work.

But some education officials say opening schools quickly would pose major risks and few rewards, especially as the end of the school year approaches.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week that the United States firmly believes that Beijing did not report the epidemic in a timely manner and concealed the danger of respiratory illnesses caused by the virus.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Twitter Monday that Pompeo should ‘stop playing the political game. It’s better to save energy by saving lives.

The coronavirus epidemic has killed more than 207,000 people worldwide.

Earlier on Monday, White House trade advisor Peter Navarro accused China of sending poor-quality and even counterfeit coronavirus antibody test kits to the United States and profiting from the pandemic .

Navarro, a outspoken critic from Beijing that Trump has appointed to work on supply problems linked to the health crisis, said that more tests for the virus and antibodies were essential to put the Americans currently locked out at work .

“This is where, perhaps, we can find immune people who can be at work in a safer environment.

“But we can’t have China, for example, which introduces these fake tests and counterfeit tests, because it’s going to be very disruptive,” Navarro said in an interview with Fox News.

“There are now a lot of these low quality antibody tests from China, false readings and things like that,” he said.

Donald Trump “was asked to cancel flights from Europe by the deputy chief of security in February, but refused until March – and ignored daily intelligence briefings that China was hiding the severity of the coronavirus “

Donald Trump’s assistant national security adviser, Matthew Pottinger, told him to suspend air travel from Europe in February, but the president held on until the World Health Organization announced that the coronavirus had reached the pandemic level on March 11.

In the Presidential Daily Briefings (PDB) – which provide the leader with advanced information on the areas of interest and concern of the American intelligence services – COVID-19 was mentioned more than a dozen times before Trump finally took serious steps to protect the Americans, said anonymous agents.

Reports detailed the spread of the virus around the world, said China was minimizing the death toll and warned that the inaction could lead to both political and economic harm, insiders said.

US officials have told the Washington Post that the severity of the briefing content is comparable to a level of “monitoring of active terrorist threats, conflicts abroad or other rapidly changing security concerns.” But they say Trump has ignored the warning signs.

The coronavirus became a subject of the daily presidential briefings (PDB) from January, according to intelligence sources. In this archive photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 7

The coronavirus became a subject of the daily presidential briefings (PDB) from January, according to intelligence sources. In this file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 7

The new coronavirus broke out in Wuhan in November and it was first mentioned in the PDB in early January, then agencies dedicated additional resources and services to track the spread of the coronavirus.

The CIA has gathered information from agency centers in China, Europe and Latin America and a department dedicated to transnational health threats, officials said.

Meanwhile, Trump was concentrating on responding to his impeachment procedure and what steps Iran could take after Commander Qasem Soleimani was in Baghdad with an American air strike.

From mid-January to the end of January, the coronavirus was mentioned more frequently in the main articles that were part of the briefings and in their “executive update”. Pottinger, deputy to national security adviser Robert O’Brien, led interagency meetings on COVID-19 before Mike Pence took over as chair of the coronavirus task force.

Assistant to National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, Matthew Pottinger (left photo), pushed to ban air travel from the epicenter of Europe, then coronavirus, in February

Deputy National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, Matthew Pottinger (left photo), pushed to ban air travel from the epicenter of Europe, then coronavirus, in February

After working as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal in China during the SARS epidemic, Pottinger warned that it could be a cover-up by the Chinese government and helped stop the flights from China and later from Europe.

An official speaking to the Washington Post said that Trump sometimes did not read PDBs, but he was certain that the information arrived at Trump because it is also updated orally.

“We come in and he treats us with respect,” a senior official, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Washington Post.

Cabinet secretaries and other senior US officials are also receiving a version of the update.

At the end of February, Trump made a two-day trip to India in which the United States saw its first official death by COVID and 3,000 people had died from the coronavirus worldwide.

President Donald J. Trump walks through the Oval Office before boarding Marine One and leaving the South Lawn at the White House January 31, 2020 in Washington, DC

President Donald J. Trump walks through the Oval Office before boarding Marine One and leaving the South Lawn at the White House January 31, 2020 in Washington, DC

Trump traveled as Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, publicly warned on February 25 that COVID-19 was spreading so quickly that “we need to prepare for a major disruption in our lives.”

Prior to his trip, he also appeared to be concerned about issues related to the November 2020 elections.

Trump fired Joseph Maguire, acting director of National Intelligence, after discovering that a senior analyst informed members of Congress that Russia “developed a preference” for Trump and wanted to interfere in the elections.

Later in February, Secretary of Health and Social Services, Alex Azar, testified before a congressional committee saying the risk of the virus was “low” and compared it to a “severe flu season in terms of interventions and approaches that you will see ”.

Trump finally issued a travel ban on Europe on March 11.

“We are at a critical time in the fight against the virus,” Trump said in a speech at the Oval Office. “I will always put the well-being of America first.”

Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, publicly warned on February 25 that COVID-19 is spreading so quickly that `` we need to prepare for a major disruption in our lives. '' She is pictured on January 28

Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, publicly warned on February 25 that COVID-19 is spreading so quickly that “we need to prepare for a major disruption in our lives.” She is pictured on January 28

The World Health Organization has also declared the coronavirus a pandemic.

‘The fact that [Trump] receiving only two or three briefings a week from intelligence professionals doesn’t mean it’s the only PDB exposure he gets, “said David Postess, a former CIA officer who was a briefer PDB in the George W. Bush administration. . “He can get the best intelligence in the world and still not make good decisions on that basis. “

“President Trump has risen to fight this crisis head-on by taking aggressive and early historical measures to protect the health, wealth and well-being of the American people,” said the White House spokesperson, Hogan Gidley at the Washington Post to find out if Trump was too slow to act.

“We are going through this difficult period and defeat this virus because of its decisive leadership. “

TRUMP CORONAVIRUS CALENDAR

JANUARY – “He is a person who comes from China”

January 11: China reports its first known death from the new coronavirus in 2019.

January the 21st: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announces the first case of coronavirus in the United States in Washington State.

January 22: Trump, in Davos, in an interview with CNBC, said he was not worried about a pandemic. ‘Not at all. We have it totally under control. He’s a person from China. And we have it totally under control. It’s going to be very good, “he said.

On the same day, opening arguments begin in Trump’s Senate recall process.

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Later in February, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar (center, February 7) testified before a congressional committee that the risk of the virus was

Later in February, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar (center, February 7) testified before a congressional committee that the risk of the virus was “low” and compared it to ” severe influenza season in terms of the interventions and approaches you will see. ”

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