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Trump blames China’s ‘incompetence’ for global coronavirus death toll

Trump blames China’s ‘incompetence’ for global coronavirus death toll

12:52 - President Trump on Wednesday blamed China’s “incompetence” for allowing the coronavirus to spread around the world and kill more than 320,000 people.

“Some wacko in China just released a statement blaming everybody other than China for the Virus which has now killed hundreds of thousands of people. Please explain to this dope that it was the ‘incompetence of China’, and nothing else, that did this mass Worldwide killing!,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The president didn’t name the source of the finger-pointing statement from China. But China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian accused Trump of trying to make the World Health Organization a scapegoat over his “incompetent response” to the pandemic.

“The US tries to use China as an issue to shift responsibility and bargain on its international obligations to the WHO,” Zhao said in response to a letter from Trump to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Trump has been highly critical of Beijing’s response to the pandemic, blaming China for using its influence with the WHO to downplay the severity of the virus and for failing to accurately report the number of cases in the country after the initial outbreak in Wuhan in December.

The president threatened to permanently halt US funding for the WHO unless the United Nations agency commits to “substantive improvements” within the next 30 days.

“It is my duty, as President of the United States, to inform you that, if the World Health Organization does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze of United States funding to the World Health Organization permanent and reconsider our membership in the organization,” Trump wrote to Tedros on Monday.

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