President Donald Trump said China “will do anything they can” to make him lose his re-election bid. He stepped up his criticism of Beijing amid the chaos surrounding coronavirus pandemic.
He said Beijing would face a “lot” of possible consequences from the US for the outbreak in a White House interview. He also said that China should have informed the world about the contagion a lot sooner.
Geng Shuang, a spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry, has completely denied the allegations. He said China thinks the US election is an internal issue, and he hopes US politicians would stop using China for their domestic politics.
Trump himself is often accused of not acting quickly enough to manage the crisis.
The coronavirus has damaged a formerly booming US economy that had been the president’s main selling point for his re-election campaign in November.
Trump, who had waged a trade war with China, offered no specifics about how he might act against Beijing. Trump accused China of unfair play by saying, “China will do anything they can to have me lose this race.”
The Republican president thinks Beijing wants his likely Democratic challenger Joe Biden to win in November’s election.
Trump also said he is skeptical of data indicating Biden can win. He said, “I don’t believe the polls. I believe the people of this country are smart. And I don’t think that they will put a man in who’s incompetent.”
“I’m not losing to Joe Biden,” Trump reportedly said, inserting an expletive, during a conference call with campaign officials.