US President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to cut off the entire relationship with China in response to the worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus that killed nearly 300,000 people worldwide, including more than 80,000 in America. Throughout the last few weeks, the President has been under growing pressure to take action against China, as lawmakers and opinion-makers fear that the Covid-19 has spread from Wuhan to the world because of Chinese inaction.
Responding to a query, Trump said he doesn’t want to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping right now. “I have a very nice friendship, but I just — I don’t want to talk to him right now,” he said, adding that he was very dissatisfied with China. The United States has repeatedly asked China to allow the international community to research the origins of coronavirus in a Wuhan lab.
Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reported that the deadly virus originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak was first identified last December. China has denied covering up the severity of its coronavirus outbreak and accused the US of trying to distract public attention by insinuating that the virus originated in the Wuhan virology laboratory.