Donald Trump says China is planning to interfere in looming United States election
May 06 2020
"The global community shares a common view on China's handling of the epidemic and China's contributions to worldwide cooperation in the fight against the coronavirus", Shuang said.
"This is an arbitrary investigation based on the presumption of guilt".
He has continued to defend Russia against the accusation that it ran a campaign of cyber attacks and fake news stories to tip the vote in his favour despite USA charges brought against Russian citizens. "They want to make a deal", Mr Trump said.
He made the comments on Tuesday in an exclusive interview with NBC News aired on Wednesday.
US PresidentDonald Trump says he is confident COVID-19 originated in a laboratory in Wuhan, ratcheting up tensions with China over the origins of the deadly disease. "At the same time, we hope the people of the USA will not drag China into its electoral politics".
Many countries have started talking about claiming compensation from China.
Asked whether he was considering tariffs, Trump said: "There are many things I can do".
"Well, we can do something much easier than that".
He said debt cancellation is a "rough game" and may harm the sanctity of the USA currency.
He did not provide information but said, 'I can do a lot.' Trump said on Wednesday that Beijing should have quickly told the world about the Coronavirus.
"We'll be able to get a very powerful definition of what happened", he said, adding that a report would be made to him "in the not too distant future". "This is a damage to the USA but this is a damage to the world", said the President.
Trump is upping the ante against Beijing in more ways that one which includes cutting off funding for research in China.
"We don't know if it came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology". He added that the US was conducting a rather very serious investigation on China's involvement in the ongoing pandemic.
"We were attacked. This was an attack. Nobody has ever seen anything like this, 1917 was the last time", Trump told reporters at his daily White House news conference.
Mr Trump said Wednesday that he is considering recommendations on how to retaliate against China and the World Health Organization due to the coronavirus pandemic. "It [the investigation] is coming in and I am getting pieces already and we are not happy about it and we are by far the largest contributor to WHO, .And they misled us".
While Trump has held off in recent weeks from calling the pathogen that causes Covid-19 the "Chinese virus", his campaign sent out a letter earlier this month accusing the country of "lying" about the outbreak.
The president's own internal polling has shown a large appetite - beyond his own voter base - for a tougher stance toward China, according to an official who asked not to be identified discussing the data.