Trump suggests China deliberately let coronavirus ‘plague’ infect US while stopping it spreading across its own country – The Sun

DONALD Trump has claimed China allowed the “plague” coronavirus into the US while stopping the bug in its own country.

Covid-19 first jumped from animals to humans in the city of Wuhan late last year – but as Beijing appears to have slowed their outbreak, the disease has spread across the world.

The president hit out at the Communist regime during a White House roundtable as the virus death toll in the United States neared 92,000.

He said: “Once the plague, as I call it, came in, I said: how did they let that happen?.

“How come it didn’t go into other sections of China?

“Why did they block it from leaving Wuhan, but they didn’t block it from going to the rest of the world including the United States? Why is that?

“Beijing doesn’t have it, other places don’t have it.”

Why did they block it from leaving Wuhan, but they didn’t block it from going to the rest of the world…

However, the Republican's claims that the coronavirus did not spread to other parts of China is incorrect.

On January 20, cases of the killer bug were confirmed in major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen as well as in the epicentre Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital.

China's strict lockdown appears to have been effective.

By the end of January, the entire Hubei province and other areas in the country were locked down, restrictions which impacted around 56 million people.

Yet, it is widely believed that Beijing has downplayed the damage the coronavirus caused in China with just 4,600 deaths and 88,000 cases in a country of 1.4billion.

Trump has said that his administration is conducting "serious investigations"  into China's handling of the crisis insisting the bug "could have been stopped at the source."

He has continually hit out at the World Health Organization (WHO) and Beijing as Covid-19 has infected more than 1.5million people in the US.


In a letter to the WHO yesterday, Trump claims the agency "consistently ignored credible reports of the virus spreading in Wuhan," and "has been curiously insistent on praising China."

Earlier on Monday, Trump rejected an invite to address the WHO, which he said has done a “sad job” during the pandemic.

Trump said he’d pass on a meeting with the organization, who he’s repeatedly said is too “China-centric” and has a "disastrous" response to the pandemic.


He claimed the WHO gave the US “a lot of terrible advice,” and is “always on the side of China” — even calling the organization a “puppet of China.”

Last week, a CIA report, seen by Newsweek, emerged showing Beijing told the World Health Organisation they would stop working with them if the agency declared a global health emergency.

And it has been reported that the White House has ordered spy agencies to probe if China and the WHO initially hid information about the outbreak.

The CIA, the National Security Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency were given a specific "tasking" to learn more information about the early days of the virus in China, officials told NBC.

US intelligence officials previously found that China purposefully made up their number of coronavirus cases and deaths.

China said the United States was trying to shift the blame for Washington's own mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis in response to Trump's letter.

Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters today that the US was trying to smear Beijing and was attempting to avoid its own responsibility.

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