US President Donald Trump has described the global epidemic of the Coruna virus as the “worst attack” on the United States, pointing fingers at China.
Trump said the global epidemic hit the United States severely, outpacing the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in World War II, as well as the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The US administration is looking to take punitive measures against China for its handling of the outbreak of the virus.
Beijing says the United States wants to divert attention from its handling of the epidemic.
Since its appearance in China at the end of last year, 1.2 million Americans have been confirmed infected, and about 73,000 have died.
What did President Trump say?
“We have gone through the worst attack our country has ever had,” Trump told reporters at his White House office. “This is the worst attack we’ve ever had.”
He added: “This is worse than Pearl Harbor, this is worse than the attack on the Twin Towers. There was no such attack.”
“It should not have happened at all. It could have been stopped from its source. It could have been stopped in China. It should have been stopped at the source directly. But this did not happen.”
In response to a later question about whether the epidemic was seen as an actual act of war, Trump indicated that the epidemic, not China, was the enemy of the United States.
He said: “I consider the invisible enemy (Corona virus) a war. I don’t like the way he got here, because he could have been stopped, but no, I see the invisible enemy as a war.”
Trump’s comments at the White House press conference on Wednesday served as confirmation of the deep disagreement between Washington and Beijing.
“Currently, this relationship represents frustration and disappointment, because the president has said he is very disappointed because some of China’s decisions have endangered the lives of Americans,” White House spokeswoman Kylie McKinney told reporters.
Who criticized China also on the Trump team?
Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo renewed his speech against China on Wednesday, accusing it of covering up the disease.
And he reiterated his controversial accusation that there was “enormous evidence” that the virus had originated in a Chinese laboratory, even though he acknowledged uncertainty about its origins.
He told BBC: “These two statements are true. We have no certainty and there is important evidence that it (the virus) came from a laboratory.”
Officials in China later accused him of lying.