President Trump tweeted Monday: ‘The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!’
Early Tuesday Beijing demanded ‘the U.S. side correct the mistake immediately and halt its groundless accusations’
But Trump then doubled down tweeting Tuesday morning about New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo – who has demanded the military are activated to build hospitals – that: ‘Cuomo wants “all states to be treated the same.”
‘But all states aren’t the same. Some are being hit hard by the Chinese Virus, some are being hit practically not at all.’
The tweet-for-tat came the day after Trump’s Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, called China to accuse it of spreading conspiracy theories that the virus was the creation of the U.S. military.
Contrasting conspiracy theories, that it was created by China as a tool for biological warfare, have been aired in pro-Trump circles in the U.S.
And Pompeo himself has called it the Wuhan virus in a series of media appearances, as have fervently pro-Trump Republicans including Tom Cotton, the Arkansas senator, and Paul Gosar, an Arizona congressman who then had to go into self-quarantine over fears he was infected with it.
First hit: Beijing has accused ‘certain American politicians’ of promoting stigmatisation by connecting the novel coronavirus with China after President Trump published the post on Twitter
China has expressed its ‘strong indignation and resolute opposition’ after US President Donald Trump referred to the coronavirus as ‘the Chinese virus’ in a tweet yesterday. President Trump is pictured speaking during a press briefing with the coronavirus task force on March 16
‘The United States should mind its own business first, and then make constructive contributions to the international counter-epidemic collaboration and the maintenance of the global public health safety,’ said Geng Shuang (pictured) from China’s Foreign Ministry
Diplomatic feud over crisis: The U.S. and China are clashing over how to describe covid-19, the novel coronavirus first seen in Wuhan, China
Geng Shuang, a spokesperson from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, accused ‘certain American politicians’ of promoting stigmatisation by connecting the novel coronavirus with China.
He did not name President Trump specifically, but was referring to President Trump’s tweet, reported Chinese state news agency Xinhua.
‘We express strong indignation and resolute opposition to this,’ Mr Geng said at a daily news briefing.
The spokesperson stressed that the coronavirus outbreak had occurred in multiple places around the world and the urgent task was for the international community to join forces to curb the pandemic.
‘The United States should mind its own business first, and then make constructive contributions to the international counter-epidemic collaboration and the maintenance of the global public health safety,’
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