China caused great damage to US, world: Trump

Washington: In yet another blistering attack on China, President Donald Trump blamed Beijing for causing ‘great damage’ to the United States and the rest of world due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“China has caused great damage to the United States and the rest of the world!” Trump tweeted. His comments come as the coronavirus caseload in the US surpassed the 2.93 million mark.

In his July 4 Independence Day address, Trump had said that the America was doing great until it got hit by a virus that came from China.

“The power of tariffs being imposed on foreign lands that took advantage of the United States for decades enabled us to make great trade deals where there were none. Tens of billions of dollars are now paid to the US treasury by the same countries but then we got hit by the virus that came from China,” Trump had said while addressing the event.

He further said, “We’re producing gowns, masks, and surgical equipment…It was almost exclusively made in foreign lands, in particular, China where ironically this virus and others came from.”

“China’s secrecy, deceptions, and cover-ups allowed it to spread all over the world and China must be held fully accountable.”

Trump has been repeatedly targeting China for spreading the virus. Earlier, the US President was asked at a press conference if he had seen evidence that gave him a “high degree of confidence” that the virus came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and replied that he had, although he declined to give specifics.

Speaking on the coronavirus vaccines, Trump said, ‘We are now unbelievably doing well and are testing on vaccines, treatments and therapeutics’

Image courtesy of US Dept of Defense

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