During a presser this weekend, President Trump said that if it is learned that China was knowingly responsible for the Coronavirus outbreak, that there should be consequences.
This week, Tom Cotton and other Republicans crafted legislation which would allow Americans to sue China. It’s not clear that this was what Trump was talking about in his remarks.
Trump warns China could face consequences for virus outbreak
U.S. President Donald Trump warned China on Saturday that it should face consequences if it was “knowingly responsible” for the coronavirus pandemic, as he ratcheted up criticism of Beijing over its handling of the outbreak.
“It could have been stopped in China before it started and it wasn’t, and the whole world is suffering because of it,” Trump told a daily White House briefing.
It was the latest U.S. volley in a war of words between the world’s two biggest economies, showing increased strains in relations at a time when experts say an unprecedented level of cooperation is needed to deal with the coronavirus crisis.
“If it was a mistake, a mistake is a mistake. But if they were knowingly responsible, yeah, I mean, then sure there should be consequences,” Trump said. He did not elaborate on what actions the United States might take.
Trump and senior aides have accused China of a lack of transparency after the coronavirus broke out late last year in its city of Wuhan. This week he suspended aid to the World Health Organization accusing it of being “China-centric.”
On a related note, Trump tweeted this about China and the election:
China wants Sleepy Joe sooo badly. They want all of those billions of dollars that they have been paying to the U.S. back, and much more. Joe is an easy mark, their DREAM CANDIDATE! https://t.co/vmvCr4SkQq
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2020
Biden still has many questions to answer about China.