In China, which Mr Trump blamed on the source of the virus, the news sparked an online firestorm and, within an hour, rose to the top of the most wanted topics on popular social media Sina Weibo but heavily censored. Platform.
The comment reflected a mixture of sympathy, disbelief and even celebration on the part of some who saw the development as mere retribution for Mr. Trump, who is widely regarded in China as having spearheaded the recent spiral. descendant of relations between the United States and China.
“The whole world is rejoicing!” Read a commentary on Sina Weibo which was liked 55,000 times within an hour of posting.
Hu Xijin, editor of Global Times, a nationalist Chinese state-owned tabloid, put it in brash terms. “President Trump and the First Lady have paid the price for their bet to minimize COVID-19. The news shows the severity of the pandemic situation in the United States, ”Hu tweeted. “This will have a negative impact on the image of Trump and the United States, and could also negatively affect his re-election.”
Others took the opportunity to ridicule Mr. Trump.
“Covid, step back and stay away,” wrote Raphael Bob-Waksberg, an American comedian, in a viral tweet, referring to Mr. Trump’s comments about a militant far-right group.