US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — US President Donald Trump on Wednesday assessed China‘s behavior during the coronavirus epidemic. In his opinion, it is proof that Beijing will “do everything possible” so that it is defeated in the presidential election in November.
In an interview with a Reuters correspondent in the Oval Office of the White House, Trump spoke sharply about China. He said that he was considering various options in terms of the consequences for Beijing in relation to the coronavirus. “I can do a lot,” he emphasized.
Trump accumulates accusations against China over the global pandemic, due to which at least 60 thousand people died in the United States, according to Reuters. In addition, the country’s economy was plunged into a deep recession, which cast doubt on Trump’s hopes for another four-year presidential term.
This Republican president, often accused of starting late to prepare the United States for the spread of the coronavirus, believes China should have been much more active and much earlier informed the world about the virus.
When asked whether he was considering using tariffs or even writing off dollars for China, Trump refused to provide specific data. “I can do a lot,” he said. “We are trying to establish what happened.”
“China is ready to do everything so that I lose during the presidential race,” Trump said. He believes that China prefers to see President Joe Biden, his Democratic opponent, who can ease Trump’s pressure on trade in China and other issues.
“They constantly use public relations to look like an innocent party,” said Trump, referring to Chinese officials.
In his opinion, the trade deal he concluded with Chinese President Xi Jinping, which was aimed at reducing the chronic deficit of the United States in trade with China, “suffered greatly” due to the economic consequences of coronavirus.
A senior Trump administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Wednesday that an agreement on an unofficial “ceasefire” in a word war between President Trump and Chairman Xi was, in fact, reached during a telephone conversation in late March, but today, Apparently, it is no longer valid.
The two leaders promised that their governments would do everything possible to work together to contain the coronavirus. In recent days, Washington and Beijing have been exchanging increasingly harsh allegations about the origin of the virus and the response to its spread.
Although Trump and his high-ranking assistants strengthened anti-Chinese rhetoric, they did not directly criticize Chairman Xi, whom the American president constantly calls his “friend.”
According to Trump, South Korea agreed to pay the United States more money for an agreement on cooperation in the field of defense, but he did not specify this amount.
“We can make a deal. They want a deal, Trump said. – They agree to pay a lot of money. They will pay significantly more than they did when I first appeared here ”(in the White House in January 2017).
There are approximately 28,500 American soldiers in South Korea, and this is the legacy of the 1950–1953 Korean War, which ended in a ceasefire and not the signing of a peace treaty.
Trump urgently makes efforts to keep the U.S. economy afloat, with incentive payments to individuals and companies, and encourages state governors to carefully open their states as new infections decrease. .
Trump sadly spoke about the strong economy that existed before, but today the situation is different – hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs, and GDP is declining.
“Before that, everything was fine with us. We had the best economy in history, ”Trump said.
According to him, he is pleased with how many governors act in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. However, Trump believes that some of them should improve their work, but he did not name specific names.
Trump’s actions against the coronavirus pandemic attract attention. According to a survey conducted by Reuters / Ipsos on April 27 and 28, 43% of Americans approve of President Trump’s actions in the fight against coronavirus.
However, there is good news about the coronavirus. According to Gilead Sciences Inc., its experimental antiviral drug remdesivir has shown good results in treating infected people.
Trump is also trying to find an opportunity to speed up the development schedule of an antiviral vaccine.
“In my opinion, we are making good progress in this direction,” he said.
At the end of the half-hour interview, Trump made some light-hearted remarks about a video recently published by representatives of the country’s Navy, which allegedly shows an unidentified flying object.
“I just want to understand if this is real,” he said. “And the video itself is amazing.”
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