Trump warns China may face “consequences” of pandemic

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Washington (AFP)

US President Donald Trump warned on Saturday that China could face consequences if it were “knowingly responsible” for the coronavirus pandemic.

“He could have been arrested in China before he started and he was not,” Trump told reporters at a press briefing in the White House. “And now the whole world is suffering. “

Trump has been asked if China should suffer the consequences of the pandemic that started in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December and killed more than 157,000 people worldwide.

“If they were knowingly responsible, certainly,” he said. “If it was an error, an error is an error.

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

“Was it a mistake that got out of hand or was it made deliberately?” ” He asked. “It’s a big difference between these two.

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

“They said they were investigating,” said the president. “So let’s see what’s going on with their investigation. But we also do investigations. “

The Trump administration has said it does not rule out that the new coronavirus has spread – accidentally – from a bat research laboratory in Wuhan.

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

Trump also questioned official Chinese figures showing that the country has suffered only 0.33 deaths per 100,000 people.

“The number is impossible,” he said. “It is an impossible number to reach. “

The United States, according to a graph presented at the briefing, recorded 11.24 deaths per 100,000 population, while France recorded 27.92 and Spain 42.81.

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