“Very disappointed” over the coronavirus handling of China, says Trump.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was very disappointed in China to prevent the new coronavirus, saying a global pandemic was hampering the U.S.-China trade agreement.
The outbreak of the coronavirus came from Wuhan, China in December and spread quietly when Washington and Beijing signed a Phase 1 phase trade agreement, which was welcomed by the Republican president.
“I am very disappointed in China,” the Republican president said in an interview with Fox Business Network on Thursday.
“They could never let that happen. So I’m doing a great deal and now I’m saying it doesn’t feel the same to me. The ink was barely dry and the plague came. And it doesn’t feel the same to me,” Trump said.
Under a Phase 1 agreement signed in January, Beijing has pledged to purchase at least $ 200 billion in additional U.S. goods and services over two years, while Washington has agreed to phase out tariffs on Chinese goods.
A Chinese state-run newspaper reported that some Beijing government advisers were urging further negotiations and possibly invalidating the agreement.
Trump reiterated his interest in the renegotiation.
While U.S. intelligence agencies say the virus did not appear to be man-made or genetically modified, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in early May that “there is a significant amount of evidence” the virus comes from Wuhan’s laboratory.
His remarks follow Trump’s statement on April 30 that he trusted the coronavirus to come from a Chinese virology laboratory.
In a Fox Business interview on tape on Wednesday, Trump focused on the response to China’s outbreak rather than its origins.
“We have a lot of information, and that’s not good. If it’s from a lab, or it’s from bats, it’s all from China, and they should have stopped it. They could stop it at the source.” said.