President of the United States Donald Trump has vowed revenge on China for “unleashing” coronavirus on the world as the deadly virus was first reported in China late last year, and has infected 13,271,756 people globally.
President Trump has severally condemned China for not being open about the potential risks the virus posed to the world at large as he said during a White House press conference that he holds China “fully responsible” for coronavirus damages.
He said: “Make no mistake. We hold China fully responsible for concealing the virus and unleashing it upon the world. They could have stopped it, they should have stopped it. It would have been very easy to do at the source when it happened.”
In retaliation to China’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, Mr Trump and his officials have been taking a hardline stance against Beijing.
Trump said during his interview with CBS News before his conference with journalists, “Look, we made a great trade deal, was done, the ink wasn’t even dry, and they hit us with the plague. So right now, I’m not interested in talking to China about another deal. I’m interested in doing other things with China.”
The virus outbreak came after China and the US passed phase one of a trade deal that boosted food and farming exports between the two countries in January.
During the briefing, President Trump also announced sanctions against China for attacking Hong Kong’s freedoms with a new security law, the security law was passed by the Chinese Communist Party last week and allows them to extradite political opponents in the city.
Mr Trump also announced an executive order that ended US preferential treatment towards Hong Kong, a move which means that Hong Kong will now be “treated the same as mainland China.”
He said “No special privileges, no special economic treatment and no export of sensitive technology.”
The announcement is the latest US hit on China, with Monday seeing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lambast China for claiming control of the South China Sea.
Mr Pompeo said that China has no legal basis for its military presence and control in the region while accusing the CCP of bullying its neighbouring countries.
Mr Pompeo added: “The world will not allow Beijing to treat the South China Sea as its maritime empire.”
Trump also slammed assumed Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden at the press briefing.
Mr Trump called his 2020 election rival’s career “a gift to the Chinese Communist Party”, and has been “devastating for the American worker,” while adding that “Biden expressed more fawning praise about China on an ordinary day than about America.”
Mr Trump also quoted Biden saying recently that the US has “never lived up to” its founding ideals.