The relationship between China and the United States is not going well over the novel coronavirus and in recent days it may witness a further deterioration. On Thursday, in an interview, President Trump signaled that he could cut ties with the world’s second largest economy.
Trump said he was disappointed with China’s failure to contain the disease and that the pandemic is a major obstacle in his January trade deal with Beijing, which he has previously considered as a major achievement.
“They should have never let this happen,” Trump said.
“So I make a great trade deal and now I say this doesn’t feel the same to me. The ink was barely dry and the plague came over. And it doesn’t feel the same to me.”
“But I just – right now I don’t want to speak to him,” Trump said in the interview.
During the investigation, Trump was asked about a Republican senator’s suggestion that U.S. visas be denied to Chinese students applying to pursue study in fields related to national security, such as computing and artificial intelligence.
“There are many things we could do. We could do things. We could cut off the whole relationship,” he replied.
“Now, if you did, what would happen? You’d save $500 billion,” Trump said, referring to estimated U.S. annual imports from China, which he often refers to as lost money.
Trump and his administration have accused Beijing of failing to alert the world about the severity of the coronavirus outbreak, which has created a global pandemic claiming over 303,863 lives all over the world. US is the worst-hit country in the world with nearly 87,000 deaths and 1,457,659 active cases.