Donald Trump talks about the “consequences” if China hid the number of coronavirus victims
Last Saturday, US President Donald Trump promised "consequences" for China, if it turns out that the Chinese government withheld information about the emerging pandemic.
"If it was a mistake, a mistake is a mistake. But if they were knowingly responsible, yeah, then there should be consequences," said Trump.
Speaking at a press conference in the White House, Trump explained his words by saying that it would be possible to stop the spread of an incurable virus even before it spreads outside of China. Naturally, there were no direct threats from Trump, but he made it clear that an investigation was underway on whether the numbers of infection and mortality were intentionally underestimated.
Earlier, as part of an investigation into the occurrence of coronavirus, US officials wanted to visit a laboratory in Wuhan, which was supposedly the focus of the virus, but the Chinese government did not provide access, which provoked the outrage of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Also at a press conference on coronavirus, Trump got into a skirmish with a reporter who asked the US president why the US had not taken any sanctions against China.
"How do you know that there are no consequences?" Trump asked.
"I wouldn't tell you. China will find out. Why would I tell you?" Trump replied when repeatedly asked if China was going to face the consequences of the alleged misinformation.
“How do you know there are no consequences?” the president asked, which prompted Reid to ask: “What are the consequences, Mr. President?”
“Why would I tell you?” he asked Reid. “You started off by saying why are there no consequences? How do you know there are consequences? You’re gonna find out. I wouldn’t tell you. You’d probably be the last person on earth I’d tell.”