China is incompetent to prevent the spread of the coronavirus or did it for some reason: the President of the United States, Donald Trump

WASHINGTON: President Donald trump , who has come under heavy criticism for his handling of the crisis in the United States, has alleged that the Chinese government was incompetent to prevent the spread of the deadly virus globally or did so for some reason.

More than 68,000 Americans have died of coronavirus in the past three months, and more than 1.1 million have tested positive. The United States represents the highest number of cases of infections and deaths in the world. Globally, 247,000 people have died and 3.5 million have tested positive so far.

The (coronavirus) is something terrible, something terrible that happened to us. It came from China. It should have stopped. It could have been stopped on the spot, Trump said during a town hall hosted by Fox News. on Sunday.

“They decided not to, or something happened. Either there was incompetence or they didn't for some reason. And we are going to have to find out what that reason was, ”he said.

Trump said that if he had not taken action, more than two million Americans would have died. Deaths could now be between 75,000 and 100,000. That is a horrible thing. We shouldn't lose a person from this. This should have stopped in China. It should have stopped, ”he said.

This virus should not have spread worldwide. They should have extinguished it. They should have allowed us and others in other countries to come in and remove it. Because people knew it was happening, he said.

The Chinese, he said, knew they had a problem. I think they were embarrassed by the problem, very embarrassed, he said.

According to the president, intelligence agencies informed him on January 23. “Soon after, I closed the country. But I didn't do it because of what they said, because they said it very naturally and it wasn't a big problem, ”he said.

Unlike in recent days, Trump has refrained from giving a definitive answer if he wants to impose additional tariffs on China as punishment for his handling of the virus.

Well, it is the ultimate punishment. I'll tell you ... I don't like it, again, I don't like to tell you what, because, you know, we all play a very complicated game of chess or poker. Name what you want to name. But they are not the ladies. I can tell you that. We have a very complicated game, he said.

Our country was being scammed by all the nations of the world. Now we have made it amazing. Unfortunately, then this whole situation has affected us. But we have done very well. We have received a lot of money. Before the virus, China had the worst year they had in 67 years. That is one reason, and I am not happy about that. But what he does is say they took us for a ride, the president said.

After coming to power, Trump said his administration imposed massive import tariffs on Chinese products. As a result, China is paying billions of dollars in terms of import tariffs to the United States, he said.

Tariffs, at a minimum, are the best negotiating tool his administration has devised, he said. That was never used for negotiation. President Xi (Jinping) only made the deal with us: they are going to buy $ 250 billion, ”he said when asked repeatedly if he plans to use tariffs to punish China.

“Now, we are going to have to see what is happening because of what happened. This was done months before the virus. They are going to buy $ 250 billion in our product. They didn't want to buy us. They took advantage of our country. Now they have to buy. And if they do not buy, we will finish the deal, very simple. But, using the rates, that's the only reason, he said.

Trump also alleged that the World trade organization has scammed this country. It was then that China became an economic power. And by the way, you have World Trade and you have World Health. the World Health Organization It was a disaster. Everything they said was wrong. And they are focused on China. All they do is agree with China, whatever China wants to do, he said.

The US, perhaps foolishly, in retrospect, has been paying $450 million a year to the World Health Organization . China has been paying $38 million a year, Trump said. “But they were more political than all of our leaders previous,” he said.