- On Monday, President Donald Trump continued to blame China for the coronavirus pandemic while urging people to “stop politicizing” the virus.
- “We need to stop politicizing the virus and instead be united in our condemnation of how this virus got to America, how this virus got to the world,” Trump said.
- Trump has sought to turn away from his own failures in responding to the pandemic by blaming Beijing.
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President Donald Trump on Monday urged people to “stop politicizing” COVID-19 moments before blaming the pandemic again on China, amid a press conference in which he repeatedly repeated times “Chinese virus”.
“We have to stop politicizing the virus and instead be united in our condemnation of how this virus came to America, how this virus came into the world, and we are going to find out, and we are going to find out, and we are very angry about it, ”Trump said at Monday’s press briefing.
Monday’s press briefing was interrupted early due to a shooting near the White House.
The president was kicked from the room due to the shooting, but eventually returned to continue discussing the virus and related issues, continuing to blame Beijing for the pandemic in the process.
“We are angry with China for what they have done,” Trump said, before taking a conspiratorial tone and suggesting, without evidence, that China “released” the virus in the United States.
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The new coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan, China. At the onset of the virus, Trump praised China’s handling of the initial outbreak.
“China has worked very hard to contain the coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and their transparency. Everything will work fine. In particular, on behalf of the American people, I would like to thank President Xi! Trump tweeted in late January.
But as cases began to spread widely in the United States, Trump shifted to blaming the pandemic on China and started calling COVID-19 the “Chinese virus.” Meanwhile, the United States has the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak, with the highest number of confirmed deaths and reported cases. As of Monday, there were more than 5 million reported cases of COVID-19 and more than 163,000 confirmed deaths from the virus in the United States, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins.
Although China has been widely criticized for its lack of transparency on the virus, public health experts widely agree that Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been disastrous. The president has consistently played down the threat of the virus, repeatedly contradicts his own infectious disease and public health experts, and has consistently shown contempt for coronavirus restrictions.