Donald Trump warned China on Saturday April 18 against possible “consequences” if it were “knowingly responsible” for the coronavirus pandemic. “She could have been arrested in China before it started and she was not,” the President said during his daily press conference at the White House. “And now the whole world is suffering because of this,” he added.
To a reporter asking if China should suffer the consequences of the epidemic that started in December in the Chinese city of Wuhan and which killed more than 157,000 people worldwide, Donald Trump replied: “If they were knowingly responsible, certainly. If it was an error, an error is an error. But if they were knowingly responsible, yes, then there should be consequences,” he said.
“Was it an error that got out of hand or was it made deliberately?” asked the head of state. There is a big difference between the two. In both cases, they should have let us know (…) We asked to be involved earlier, and they didn’t want to. I think they knew it was wrong and they were embarrassed. They said they were investigating. So let’s see what’s going on with their investigation. But we are also investigating.
“The Trump administration has said it does not rule out that the new coronavirus was spread – accidentally – from a bat research laboratory in Wuhan. Donald Trump also questioned official Chinese data showing that the country had suffered only 0.33 deaths per 100,000 people. “This figure is impossible. It is an impossible figure to reach,” he said.
The United States, according to a graph presented at the press conference, recorded 11.24 deaths per 100,000 people, against 27.92 for France and 42.81 for Spain.