Trump blasts China in U.N. speech. China says president is spreading ‘political virus’
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump delivered a speech to the United Nations and blamed China for causing the coronavirus pandemic.
“The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions,” Trump said. “The Chinese government, and the World Health Organization, which is virtually controlled by China, falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission. Later, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease.”
Trump also took aim at China’s horrible environmental record and hit the nation for dumping tons of plastic into the world’s oceans.
“Those who attack America’s exceptional environmental record while ignoring China’s rampant pollution are not interested in the environment,” he said. “They only want to punish America. And I will not stand for it.”
The Chinese government was not at all happy with the president’s comments and accused him of spreading a “political virus.”
“China firmly rejects and opposes the groundless accusations made by the United States against China during the General Debate on 22 September,” Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun said in a statement. “When the international community is going all out to fight COVID-19, the United States is spreading a political virus.”
The ambassador went on to call China’s response to the coronavirus “open and transparent.”
“China’s important contribution to the global fight against the pandemic is highly recognized and commended by the international community, a fact that no one can deny,” said the ambassador.
Trump, who has always taken a hard stance on China, recently said he would block companies who outsource jobs to China from receiving federal contracts and would devote a large chunk of his second term to returning manufacturing jobs and supply chains to the U.S.
“We will make America into the manufacturing superpower of the world and will end our reliance on China once and for all,” he said. “Whether it’s decoupling, or putting in massive tariffs like I’ve been doing already, we will end our reliance on China, because we can’t rely on China.”
Americans got an ugly glimpse at how much their country relies on China when the U.S. faced major supply shortages at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Medical supplies and even basic toiletry products were impossible to get your hands on for months which caused U.S. retailers to limit the number of such items customers could buy. Many members of Congress are also pushing to end America’s reliance on China.
PHOTO: Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour
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