President Trump said on April 29 that China responded to Covid-19 as evidence that Beijing “will do whatever it takes” to fail the US presidential election.
In an interview with Reuters in the Oval Office of the White House, President Trump said he was considering different options to hold China responsible for the disease. “I can do many things,” he said.
President Trump has repeatedly blamed China for the pandemic that killed at least 60,000 people in the United States, and is putting the US economy into a major recession, making Mr. Trump’s ability to be re-elected uncertain. sick.
The Republican president, criticized for failing to act early to tackle the epidemic in the US, said China should have been more active in alerting the world to the corona virus.
When asked whether he would consider retaliating against Chinese taxes, he did not provide details. “There are many things I can do,” he just said.
“China will do whatever it can to make me fail the election,” Mr. Trump said. He said he believed Beijing wanted Joe Biden, a Democrat rival, to win, to ease the pressure he had on China on trade and other issues.
Trump also said South Korea had agreed to pay more to the United States because of a defense cooperation agreement, but did not specify the amount.