Coronavirus: Trump warns China against any possible “consequences”

Coronavirus: Trump met en garde la Chine contre d’éventuelles «conséquences»

WASHINGTON | us president, Donald Trump, warned Saturday in China against possible “consequences” if it was “knowingly responsible” for the outbreak of coronavirus.

“She could have been arrested in China before she started and she has not been,” said Mr. Trump during his daily press conference at the White House.

“And now, the whole world suffers because of it”, he added.

To a journalist asking him if China was to suffer the consequences of the epidemic which appeared in December in the chinese city of Wuhan and in which more than 157 000 deaths in the world, Mr. Trump replied: “If they were knowingly responsible, certainly. If it was a mistake, a mistake is a mistake. But, if they were knowingly responsible, yes, then, there should be consequences”, he stressed.

“Is this a mistake that has spun out of control or she was committed deliberately?”, asked Mr. Trump. “There is a big difference between the two. In both cases, they should have let us know”, he said. “We have asked to be involved earlier, and they didn’t want to. I think they knew that this was not good, and they were embarrassed. They said they were doing a survey,” continued Mr. Trump.

“Then, let’s see what happens with their investigation. But we also do investigations,” he said.

The administration Trump has made it known that it did not exclude the possibility that the coronavirus was spread – accidentally – from a laboratory research on bats in Wuhan.

Mr. Trump has also questioned the official data in china showing that the country had not suffered that to 0.33 deaths per 100 000 inhabitants. “This figure is impossible. It is a figure impossible to reach,” he said.

The United States, according to a chart presented at the press conference, recorded 11,24 deaths per 100 000 people, compared 27,92 to France and 42,81 for Spain.

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