Pompeo says Trump will hold China accountable over coronavirus

Pompeo says Trump will hold China accountable over coronavirus

By Jay Jackson, Taiwan Sun
07 Sep 2020, 20:57 GMT+10

  • The United States is double-downing on blaming China for the coronavirus outbreak which has caused social and economic devastation the world over.
  • U.S. President Donald Trump, just 57 days from the 3 November election, is committed to making sure his administration holds China accountable for the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Mike Pompeo delivered the accusation in the bluntest terms, all but confirming where the Trump administration is going with attributing blame.

WASHINGTON, DC – The United States is double-downing on blaming China for the coronavirus outbreak which has caused social and economic devastation the world over.

U.S. President Donald Trump, just 57 days from the 3 November election, is committed to making sure that the administration holds China accountable for the Covid-19 pandemic, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday.

Pompeo delivered the accusation in the bluntest terms, all but confirming where the Trump administration is going with attributing blame.

The administration has come under much criticism domestically as the virus in the U.S. has caused more damage in the U.S. than any other country, putting Trump’s response under the microscope.

“President @realDonaldTrump is committed to making sure that we hold China accountable for this virus now destroying hundreds of thousands of lives all across the world and billions of dollars in wealth. We will hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for that,” Pompeo posted on both Twitter and Facebook on Sunday.

The U.S. has taken on China on a range of fronts in recent months, despite the warming of ties at the start of the year following two years of tit-for-tat attacks over trade negotiations.

The U.S. as of Sunday had registered 6,276,365 coronavirus cases, more than seventy times those recorded by China (90,058), notwithstanding the virus is believed to have originated in China.

The United States has also recorded the most deaths of any country. At Sunday the figure was 188,941, more than 40 times that of China’s 4,730.

The figures are even more illuminating considering China has more than four times the population of the United States.

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