With everyone placing the blame on him, Donald Trump and his administration are now not so subtly looking to point the finger at China. The US president seems to have rallied Republicans to sing the same song after the virus death toll reached 40,000 in the states.
On Saturday, the president said that the US relationship with China was “good until they did this.” By this, he of course means the coronavirus outbreak and when someone asked if he would be angry at China, he said “Well, the answer might very well be a very resounding yes, but it depends: was it a mistake that got out of control, or was it done deliberately?”
“There’s a big difference between those two,” he added
Adding on to that, a member of the White House coronavirus task force was quoted saying on Sunday that the first country that was exposed to the pandemic has a “moral obligation” to be transparent in its response. Donald Trump again echoed those sentiments, saying “Let’s see what happens with their investigation. But we’re doing investigations also,”. He added that “If it was a mistake, a mistake is a mistake. But if they were knowingly responsible, yeah, then there should be consequences.”
Vice president Mike Pence also spent Sunday opening up the possibility that China are hiding something. He went on “Fox News Sunday” to say “It is clear to us that not only was there a failure by the World Health Organization to communicate to America and the world what was happening in China, but also that China was not as forthcoming as they should have been.”
As of right now, the US is the only country in the world thats blaming China for the virus, with some GOP lawmakers suggesting that the virus was released from a lab during Chinese experiments. It’s gotten to a point where they’re even considering a bill to allow Americans to sue China for damages!
As has been the case in the US for weeks now, the politicization of the virus continues with Republicans attacking Democrats who have come out and defended anything China related, going as far as to call a Democratic House member a “Chinese asset” for his remarks.
It’s been a weird stance on China from Trump. He actually spent January and February praising Chinese president Xi Jin Ping for his handling of the pandemic before his administration spent March and April criticising the country for withholding information.