Trump says UN must 'hold China accountable' for COVID-19
Nurses with the Brooklyn VA Medical Center hold a job action during a shift change on April 6, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The workers were protesting the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers and for what they claim are dangerously inadequate staffing levels. More than 72,000 patients have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in New York City.
AFP/Kena Betancur/Getty Images
Trump says UN must 'hold China accountable' for COVID-19
(Agence France-Presse) - September 22, 2020 - 10:50pm

UNITED NATIONS — US President Donald Trump told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that China must be held accountable by the world for its actions over the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a recorded message played to the annual meeting of the UN, Trump accused Beijing of allowing the coronavirus to "leave China and infect the world."

"The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions," he said.

Trump, who faces a difficult reelection fight on November 3, has sought to deflect overwhelming voter criticism of his handling of the pandemic by blaming China.

Broadcast over a large screen in the UN General Assembly hall, the US president effectively transferred his hawkish campaign stump speech to the global stage.

"We must hold accountable the nation that released this plague upon the world," he said.

Trump accused China of only looking after its own interests when the potentially lethal virus first appeared in the city of Wuhan late last year.

And he said "the Chinese government, and the World Health Organization — which is virtually controlled by China — falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission."

"Later, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease," he added.

World leaders are speaking virtually to the UN session in New York, due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Trump, who has frequently downplayed the risks posed by the virus, had previously said he would visit anyway, before apparently changing his mind.

DONALD TRUMP NOVEL CORONAVIRUS US-CHINA RELATIONS US-CHINA RIVALRY XI JINPING
Philstar
  • Latest
  • Trending
Latest
Are you sure you want to log out?
X
Login

Philstar.com is one of the most vibrant, opinionated, discerning communities of readers on cyberspace. With your meaningful insights, help shape the stories that can shape the country. Sign up now!

FORGOT PASSWORD?
SIGN IN
or sign in with