On Monday, US President Trump expressed dissatisfaction over China and suggested the US may seek damages from China over the coronavirus outbreak which erupted in the Chinese city of Wuhan and spread around the world.
“We are not happy with that whole situation because we believe it could have been stopped at the source.”
“It could have been stopped quickly and it wouldn’t have spread all over the world,” he said.
“There are a lot of ways you can hold them accountable,” Trump said. “We’re doing some very serious investigations as you probably know.” He was asked if the US is planning to seek any reparations like a recent German newspaper editorial did. It called on China to pay Germany $165 billion in reparations because of economic damage done by the virus.
President Trump replied, “we can do something much easier than that.”
“Germany is looking at things, we are looking at things,” he said.
“We are talking about a lot more money than Germany’s talking about,” Trump added.
“We haven’t determined the final amount yet,” Trump said. “It’s very substantial.
President Trump’s criticism was the latest from his administration to target China’s handling of coronavirus. The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, last week said Beijing failed to report the outbreak in a timely manner and covered up how dangerous the respiratory illness caused by the virus was.
On Monday, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying slammed Pompeo on Twitter saying he should “stop playing the political game. Better save energy on saving lives.”
“This is worldwide damage,” he said. “This is damage to the US, but this is damage to the world.”
The US has become the epicenter of the pandemic with over 988,451 active cases. The number of deaths in the US has recorded 56,245 which is the highest. All over the world the deadly virus has claimed 211,170 lives. The pandemic has shut down huge swathes of the economy, leaving tens of millions unemployed.