Fully responsible for concealing coronavirus from China, WHO its ‘puppet’

US President Donald Trump said late on Tuesday that he has not talked to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and that he has no intention to do so. “No, I haven’t talked to him, one. No, I don’t. I don’t have any plans to talk to them,” Trump told reporters at a press conference in the White House. He expressed frustration at China’s inability to prevent coronavirus from spreading out of the country from which it originated.

“Make no mistake, we hold China fully responsible for concealing the virus and unleashing it upon the world. Could have stopped it, they should have stopped,” Trump said as he also lashed out at the World Health Organization (WHO) for siding with China on this issue. “They were really a puppet of China,” he said.

Trump also slammed former vice president Joe Biden, who is his Democratic challenger in the November presidential polls, for being “soft” on China. He said Biden expresses more fawning praise about China on an ordinary day than about America.