President Trump said he expresses his anger whenever he speaks about Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Beijing’s failure to contain the coronavirus pandemic and allowing it to spread about the world, killing nearly 200,000 Americans.
The president was asked about a New York Post exclusive report on findings from the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the COVID-19 pandemic may have been prevented if the Chinese Communist Party hadn’t covered up the severity of the outbreak.
“I say it every time I speak. And I’m angry at him [Xi] because they could have stopped this, they could have stopped it easily,” Trump said on “Fox & Friends,” referring to the Chinese president.
“They stopped it from going back further into their country. But they didn’t stop it from going out to the rest of the world, of which we’re apart. They didn’t stop it from coming here in Europe and all over the world – 188 countries to be exact. They did not stop it. Countries are devastated,” the president added.
The panel’s 96-page report, obtained first by the Post, found China destroyed evidence, hid public health information and suppressed doctors and journalists who tried to sound alarms about the pandemic after the first cases were reported in the city of Wuhan in December.
It also accused the World Health Organization of “parroting” Beijing propaganda.
Trump was also asked about a Reuters report of a video released by the Chinese air force showing nuclear-equipped bombers carrying out an attack on a US Air Force base in Guam.
Host Brian Kilmeade asked the president how he would counter the threat from China.
“Well, I won’t be telling you that. They know they’ve got some big problems, OK, if they play around. If they want to play the game, they’ve got a big problem,” Trump said.
“You’ll just have to follow that one on the news, Brian, but you’ll be the first to get there and you’ll probably be the first to know,” he said.
The video was released on Saturday by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force account as China continued a second day of military drills near Taiwan, a territory China claims as its own.