(CNN) – Speaking to CNN’s David Culver in Beijing, China, outgoing US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad denounced Beijing’s initial treatment of the coronavirus, saying that “what could have been contained in Wuhan ended up becoming a global pandemic.
“There has been more telephone contact between President Trump and President Xi than any other US president with a Chinese leader,” Branstad said. “Initially, I think, President Trump believed the Chinese, when they said what they said about the virus, then he and the rest of the world found out what they said was not true. And disinformation and cover-ups have happened, and the result has been that we are facing a global pandemic. And it’s really, I think, China’s Communist system, and their refusal to admit wrongdoing that caused all of this and that’s the tragedy. ”
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