Trump blamed China again for the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic

According to the President of the United States, if the American authorities had “not acted properly”, there would have been 2.5 million deaths in the country due to the coronavirus.

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US President Donald Trump, as the number of deaths of coronavirus patients in the country rose to 200,000, called on Tuesday to remember that the pandemic came from China.

“I think if we hadn’t acted properly, correctly, there would have been 2.5 million deaths”, –  he told reporters before going to Pennsylvania. – “The numbers would have been much higher <…> You saw my speech to the UN General Assembly, China had to stop [the coronavirus] at its borders, prevent the virus from spreading around the world.”

“This is a terrible thing. But we are not closing the country, we are doing a good job in terms of opening the country, markets are growing”, –  said the White House. – “If we had not acted correctly, there would have been 2.5 or 3 million deaths. This terrible thing [the pandemic] should never have happened. China let it happen, just remember that.”

Trump, speaking at the high-level political debate of the 75th session of the UNGA, said the organization should hold China responsible for the pandemic. The American leader has accused the Chinese authorities many times before that they have allegedly taken insufficient measures to prevent an outbreak of the disease.

Earlier, however, Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Le Yucheng stressed in an interview with NBC that Beijing had ‘not withheld any information’ about the coronavirus. He expressed regret that “some politicians are using the virus situation to shelf China”.

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