China on Tuesday suggested that Donald Trump “blackmails” them by blaming Beijing for the corona virus pandemic and demanding it pay compensation to the US.
Le Yucheng, China’s deputy foreign minister, told it NBC News in an interview broadcast Wednesday morning that Trump’s claims are “ridiculous” and “political farewell.”
“Asking China to recover these kinds of claims – they have no legal basis. There is no international law that makes a country blame it because it is the first to report an illness, “said Le.
Trump demanded in his briefing Tuesday that China make reparations to the US for coronavirus damage, but said a final billing number had not yet been established.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he was reassured that other countries are also starting investigations into China’s early treatment of the coronavirus and claiming compensation – rejecting Le’s comments as “classic communist disinformation.”
“What the Chinese Communist Party has done here and not prevent this from spreading around the world for which it is responsible, America must hold it responsible,” Pompeo told Fox & Friends on Wednesday morning.
Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Le Yucheng (pictured) compared Donald Trump who claimed damages for a coronavirus outbreak from China with ‘blackmail’
“Asking China to recover these kinds of claims – they have no legal basis. There is no international law making a country blame for being the first to report an illness, “Le told NBC News
Trump demanded on Monday that China pay compensation for damage caused by coronavirus, which he says could have been avoided if Beijing had known more about the severity of the disease
Pompeo dismissed Le’s comments as dismissing China’s responsibility for the outbreak of ‘classic communist disinformation’, claiming the US should hold Beijing responsible
The U.S. has reported the most confirmed cases from any other country, more than 1 million this week. But the Trump administration has claimed that China has been unfair in its reporting
“I am thrilled to see Australia, other countries join us and demand an investigation because we know it started in Wuhan, China,” he said. “We don’t know where it started yet, and despite our efforts to get experts on the ground, they continue to try to hide and veil. That’s wrong. “
“It continues to be a threat to the world, and we all need to get to the bottom of what really happened here, not just for the present moment, but to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” the head of the report continued. Ministry of Foreign Affairs. .
Le, 57, said in the interview, which was conducted in Mandarin that he would not object to scientific research into the virus’s origins, but demanded it be kept away from “conspiracy theories.”
“We are not against normal communication and mutual learning between scientists,” he said. “What we oppose is arbitrary research based on the suspicion of China’s debt. That is something we are strongly against. ‘
Trump has shifted his tone from praising China for treating coronavirus to blaming the Asian nation for worsening severity by not being transparent about the disease earlier in the outbreak.
“I want to say that China has not covered up anything. We didn’t delay, ”said Le.
He has also praised his own decision to ban travel from China to the United States during the outbreak, despite political setbacks since the pandemic began before the real threat was known.
Le told NBC News Trump is trying to politicize the virus and dismissed allegations that China was trying to hide the first outbreak.
Instead, he called the pandemic a “natural disaster” and insisted that Beijing cannot be held financially responsible for COVID-19.
“On January 23, when Wuhan was incarcerated, the United States reported only one confirmed case, but on March 13, when President Trump announced a national emergency, the United States reported more than 1,600 confirmed cases,” Le said in a Beijing rejection. .
What did the US government do in this 50-day interval? Where have those 50 days gone? he continued.
Pompeo said he watched Le’s interview on Wednesday morning.
“They know this happened in their country,” he said of Le and other top Chinese officials. “This is classic communist misinformation. This is what communists do. The Chinese people are also disadvantaged by this. ‘
“I saw a State Department official on TV this morning to change this story,” said Pompeo.
“We know that this virus started in Wuhan, China. The Chinese Communist Party now has a responsibility to tell the world how this pandemic originated from China and the rest of the world, causing such global economic devastation, “he said, referring to the investigation into the emergence of coronavirus.
He said journalists and doctors who attempted to tell the story were “pushed aside, covered up.”
“Things like that do communist institutions,” said Pompeo. “We all know them from Soviet times. We know what communist parties are doing to try to manage information in their own countries and around the world. ‘
The CIA, NSA and Defense Intelligence Agency were commissioned by the White House to investigate whether China initially hid what it knew about the coronavirus threat earlier in the outbreak. Current and former officials say the agencies were told to conduct communications intercepts, human resource reporting and assess satellite imagery
“I am thrilled to see Australia, other countries join us and demand an investigation because although we know this started in Wuhan, China,” Pompeo told Fox & Friends on Wednesday morning about the investigation of the origin of the virus
“We are doing very serious research,” Trump said Tuesday. “We are not happy with that whole situation, because we think it could have been stopped at the source, it could have been stopped quickly and it wouldn’t have spread all over the world.”
The White House has had intelligence investigations conducted to determine whether China initially downplayed and hid the emerging coronavirus threat, a Wednesday report found.
Intelligence agencies received guidelines from the White House last week to request information on the early days of the coronavirus outbreak, including interceptions of communications, reporting of human resources and assessments of satellite images, current and former officials familiar with the clues NBC News.
An official revealed that the “statement” was sent to the National Security Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency, including the National Center for Medical Agency, last week.
The CIA also received a similar request, officials said.
Trump appeared to refer to orders during his White House news conference on Monday.
“We are doing very serious research,” said the President during his almost daily briefing. “We’re not happy with that whole situation, because we think it could have stopped at the source, stopped it quickly, and wouldn’t have spread all over the world.”
The president continues to ward off blame for the coronavirus crisis in the United States, arguing that Beijing would have been less aware of the severity of the virus in China by the end of last year.
Trump blaming China for America’s economic struggle has proven effective with his political base as the President struggles to campaign without his stadium-filling rallies.
“The president is now running into China like everyone else,” a person close to the president told NBC.
Trump has praised his government for stopping the trip from China early in the outbreak, claiming it would be much worse if he hadn’t
Coronavirus originated in Wuhan and spread to the rest of the world earlier this year, but intelligence has revealed that the threat of the virus was known in China before it became widespread.
This week, the United States surpassed 1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, which is more than any other country has reported and about a third of the number worldwide. As of Tuesday night, there are more than 58,000 coronavirus deaths in the United States.
Trump insists that Beijing does not accurately report the number of deaths and deaths from China, claiming that if they were honest their numbers would be much higher than in any other country.
He has also suggested that China indemnify the US and possibly other countries for coronavirus damage. The disease originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, and spread to the rest of the world earlier this year.
Legislators have pushed to send the bill to China as well, as the United States continues to fall into depression with record unemployment, with more than 26 million people claiming benefits within five weeks and a massive market loss over the past two months.
As part of the administration’s instructions, intelligence agencies also had to determine whether the World Health Organization knew about laboratories studying coronaviruses in Wuhan.
Trump has accused the WHO of hiding the severity of the pandemic in early January when there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission. In mid-January, the WHO stopped making that claim when the virus spread outside of China.
Earlier this month, the president suspended $ 500 million in US funding from WHO for accusing him of allowing China to exercise influence over the agency.
When asked during his Tuesday briefing to clarify what intelligence officials told him in January and February, Trump said, “I should be checking.”
“I want to see the exact dates of warnings,” he continued.