- China said Trump was blaming the Asian nation to divert public attention from his own failures to control the pandemic
- A Beijing foreign ministry spokesperson said the US president was telling barefaced lies and ignoring his own mistakes
- The furious clap back came after Trump hinted he could ask China for compensation for all COVID-19 damages
The tension between China and the United States of America seems to have escalated after the Asian nation clapped back at President Donald Trump for hinting the US may seek compensation for COVID-19 damages.
China said Trump was apportioning blame to Beijing to divert public attention from his own failure to control the pandemic since its onset in his country.
Speaking on Tuesday, April 28, a Beijing foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang accused US politicians of telling barefaced lies while ignoring their own failures.
"American politicians have been telling barefaced lies. They have one objective, shrink their responsibility for their own poor epidemic prevention and divert public attention," Shuang said.
The spokesperson said the US politicians should seek to put the pandemic under control as soon as possible.
This came after Trump said his country was conducting investigations into Beijing’s handling of the novel coronavirus to determine whether or not it was introduced to the world through a human carrier.
"We are not happy with China. We are not happy with that whole situation because we believe it could have been stopped at the source and it wouldn’t have spread all over the world,” he said.
The US president also hinted he would seek compensation for more than the KSh 13 trillion a German newspaper had quoted.
"Germany is looking at things, we are looking at things. We are talking about a lot more money than Germany’s talking about.
We haven’t determined the final amount yet. It’s very substantial. This is worldwide damage to the US and to the world," he said.
A little over a week ago, an irate Trump warned China of consequences if found responsible for the virus.
Although he did not say which actions the US would take, Trump promised unspecified consequences while pressuring China to come clean on the pandemic.
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