"Let's say we do that, right", Trump said. Later, WHO recognized the fact of communication between Gebreyesus and the Chinese leader, but said "there was no talk of a pandemic". And beginning with his controversial comments about Taiwan that were specifically created to upset Beijing to his needless trade war and now accusations about the coronavirus, at no time and in no way has United States policy made the world better or safer for anybody; not even Americans.
"We are looking at that very strongly", Trump told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo in an interview that aired Thursday morning.
The comments came after Trump further hardened his rhetoric towards China, threatening to cut ties with the rival superpower completely as relations have steadily deteriorated over the pandemic. On Friday it extended this reprieve by another 90 days. "Strengthen cybersecurity against Chinese hacks and sabotage", the plan stated.
Trump, however, noted that there is stiff competition among global stock exchanges. "So it was either stupidity, incompetence or deliberate", Trump said. China has reported only about 4,600 deaths from the disease.
"It's ridiculous that he continues to point the finger at China and to suggest that Chinese Americans are angry at China. Washington will keep on drilling China", he said.
US President Donald Trump has said the US could take the extraordinary step of ending the relationship with China.
"Furthermore, Trump couldn't make it happen".
United States says Taiwan's exclusion from World Health Organization caused loss of lives
Separately, the US Senate on Monday unanimously approved a Bill seeking the restoration of Taiwan's observer status at the WHO. Like-minded friends that stick together & remain true to the principles of justice & fairness will prevail.
"The United States condemns attempts by cyberactors and non-traditional collectors affiliated with the People's Republic of China (PRC) to steal US intellectual property and data related to COVID-19 research", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Thursday, calling on Beijing "to cease this malicious activity".
Even as the coronavirus takes an economic toll on both countries, Trump said the USA will not budge on the agreement's target for Chinese purchases of US goods. Beijing also reportedly threatened the World Health Organization to stop the body sounding the alarm.
Tensions have been simmering for months between Washington and Beijing over the origins of the coronavirus.
Trump and his allies have been the most vociferous critics of China during the pandemic.
Republican senators on Tuesday proposed legislation that would empower Trump to slap sanctions on China if it does not give a "full accounting" for the outbreak. The U.S. has become the epicenter of the pandemic with more than 1.4 million confirmed infections and nearly 86,000 deaths. Neither has presented evidence to support the assertion. In turn, Beijing indicated it is readying countermeasures against US companies like Apple, Boeing, Cisco and Qualcomm which have huge investments in China.
Government-backed newspapers have been an important element of Beijing's coronavirus disinformation campaign, spreading propaganda and conspiracy theories maligning the foreign response to the pandemic and seeking to absolve Beijing of blame.
China, with Russian Federation by its side, is considering punitive counter-measures against anybody who files a lawsuit against it in the United States.