World Trump Assails China Over Virus in UN Speech Aimed at Voters

17:30  22 september  2020
17:30  22 september  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Trump has repeatedly called coronavirus the " Chinese virus " on Twitter, including in a tweet announcing his press conference Wednesday. China has called Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's use of the term "Wuhan virus " and others' use of the term Chinese virus a "despicable practice."

President Trump took direct aim at China on Thursday for allowing the spread of the coronavirus that has sickened Americans, shut down much Live coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Trump ’s shift to more fully blame China coincides with widening devastation from the virus in the United States

(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump assailed China for the coronavirus pandemic in a speech Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly aimed squarely at U.S. voters, calling on the international body to punish Beijing.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera © Photographer: Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Bloomberg Donald Trump

“In the earliest days of the virus, China locked down travel domestically while allowing flights to leave China and infect the world,” Trump said in the speech, which was recorded Monday at the White House. “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.”

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President Donald Trump was pressed for the second straight day on why he is calling the coronavirus the " Chinese virus ," amid instances of bigotry against Asian Americans.

Trump has previously referred to a "foreign virus " in his speeches to the nation . On Monday, the number of cases of the virus outside China overtook those inside the country where the Creating confusion or disagreement over the origin of the virus could help push the blame away from China

“The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions,” Trump said.

Trump has ramped up U.S. tensions with Beijing in recent months in an attempt to portray himself as tougher toward the country’s leaders than his re-election opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, and to deflect blame for the U.S. coronavirus outbreak, the largest in the world.

Biden has accused Trump of turning a blind eye to the virus’s spread from China as he sought to close his so-called “phase one” trade deal with Beijing in January.

More than 200,000 Americans have died of Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus. Most voters give Trump poor marks for his administration’s response to the pandemic, jeopardizing his re-election bid.

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Trump takes direct aim at China as known U.S. infections double and criticism mounts. Scores of Asian Americans nationwide have already While Trump only recently started using the phrase “ Chinese Virus ” in his public statements, it isn’t the first time such language has appeared in the

But Trump has appeared to change his tone in recent days, most notably by joining Meadows and other top officials in characterizing the outbreak as a " Chinese virus ," a shift one Republican aide told CNN was likely prompted by Beijing's disinformation campaign aimed at shifting blame onto the US, and by

The Trump administration has made a number of antagonistic moves toward China in recent months, including sanctioning Chinese officials over their treatment of Muslim minorities, removing special trade benefits enjoyed by Hong Kong, closing a Chinese consulate in Houston, and announcing plans to restrict Chinese visas for journalists and students.

Trump also is seeking to force the spin-off of the U.S. operations of TikTok, the popular Chinese-owned short video app.

Before the U.S. president spoke, Chinese President Xi Jinping took a veiled swipe at the U.S. In a strongly worded speech, Xi said no country should “be allowed to do whatever it likes and be the hegemon, bully or boss of the world.”

Pushing for developing countries to have a greater role in world affairs, Xi said the UN could be “more balanced” and called for the “international order underpinned by international law,” the official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing remarks made at a meeting commemorating the world body’s 75th anniversary. He said countries must not be “lorded over by those who wave a strong fist at others.”

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Following the speech , fireworks exploded over the Washington Monument as the president and his family looked on, giving Trump and the convention a powerful closing image. Thursday’s program aimed to counterbalance those defections, featuring a video showcasing former Democratic voters

Since the beginning of the outbreak, President Trump and high-ranking administration officials have sought to pinpoint blame for the spread of the virus on China .Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times.

Xi is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly via video link later Tuesday.

Read more: China’s Xi Swipes at U.S. for Acting Like ‘Boss of the World’

Trump’s criticism of China widened in his speech to include the country’s environmental record. The president has drawn international criticism for withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate accords negotiated by his predecessor.

“Those who attack America’s exceptional environmental record while ignoring China’s rampant pollution are not interested in the environment,”Trump said. “They only want to punish America. And I will not stand for it.”

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