Donald Trump blames incompetence of China for 'mass worldwide killing' by coronavirus

Donald Trump blames incompetence of China for 'mass worldwide killing' by coronavirus

Donald Trump blames incompetence of China for 'mass worldwide killing' by coronavirus

Earlier this week, Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations Zhang Jun said that the U.S. should stop using scapegoating practices during the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump has taken to calling Covid-19 the "Chinese Virus" or the "Plague from China", has hinted that he will try to make China pay compensation for the pandemic, and has even suggested that China mishandled the outbreak so that he will lose this year's election. Trump again criticized what he called the WHO's "alarming lack of independence" from Beijing.

He faulted its "repeated missteps" in the response to the pandemic, saying they have proven "very costly for the world".

He has also repeatedly accused the United Nations health body of mismanagement of the crisis, a claim repeated in the letter, which included bullet points laying out his dissatisfaction. Last month, Trump suspended US payments to WHO for 60 days, sparking criticism and an outpouring of global statements supporting the organization and warning of the risks of cutting its funding in the midst of a pandemic. The United States is the largest source of funding for the agency. About $400 million in annual funds to World Health Organization have been halted since last month, according to The Washington Post.

In a tweet accompanying a copy of the letter, Trump called it "self-explanatory".

This is turn prompted a harsh reaction from Beijing which said Tuesday that Washington was "shirking responsibility".

Medical journal The Lancet knocked Trump for what it said was a "factually incorrect" statement in his letter. The first report described the first 41 patients from Wuhan, China, diagnosed with Covid-19.

The resolution did not single out any individual country, but a number of nations - including the U.S. - have accused Beijing of withholding information about the virus, which was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019. Its first reports on the virus were published January 24, it said.

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WHO has denied this, maintaining that it declared the coronavirus outbreak to be a global health emergency on January 30 at a time when there were fewer than 100 cases outside of China.

Chinese President Xi Jinping supported the independent review and said: "China will provide US$ 2 billion over 2 years to help with COVID-19 response, and with economic and social development in affected countries, especially developing countries".

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