Washington, July 5
China should be held totally accountable for its “secrecy, deception and cover-up” that allowed it to unfold Covid all around the world, US President Donald Trump stated, upping the ante on Beijing over its dealing with of the outbreak.
Addressing the nation for a second time in as many days on the event of 244th Independence Day on Saturday, President Trump touted the nation’s “progress” towards the illness regardless of a nationwide spike within the variety of instances.
‘Have finest testing’
We have probably the most and the best testing wherever on this planet. We are producing robes, masks, and surgical gear in our nation…It was nearly solely made in international lands, specifically, China, the place this virus got here from. —Donald Trump, US President
“We have the manufacturing record for ventilators. We have the most and the finest testing anywhere in the world. We are producing gowns, masks, and surgical equipment in our country…It was almost exclusively made in foreign lands, in particular, China, where ironically this virus and others came from,” he stated in his tackle from the lawns of the White House.
“China’s secrecy, deception, and cover-up allowed it to spread all over the world, 189 countries and China must be held fully accountable,” he stated, as soon as once more accusing Beijing of protecting up the outbreak.
On Friday, Trump made a direct attraction to disaffected white voters 4 months earlier than Election Day, accusing protesters who’ve pushed for racial justice of partaking in a “merciless campaign to wipe out our history.” Praising America’s “scientific brilliance”, Trump stated on Saturday that the US will seemingly have a therapeutic and/or vaccine resolution lengthy earlier than the tip of the 12 months.
Trump has expressed disappointment over China’s dealing with of the pandemic previously. In May, he claimed that it was the “incompetence” of Beijing that led to the mass killing throughout the globe.
China has denied US’ declare of “covering up” the extent of its Covid outbreak and has accused the US of making an attempt to divert public consideration by insinuating that the virus originated from a virology laboratory in Wuhan.
“China was the first country to report Covid to the World Health Organisation (WHO), (and) that doesn’t mean the virus originated from Wuhan… There has never been any concealment, and we’ll never allow any concealment,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian stated in April. — PTI