President Trump said at Saturday’s White House briefing.
Saturday’s White House briefing.
“If it was a mistake, a mistake is a mistake,” Trump said in response to a reporter’s question. “But if they were knowingly responsible, yeah, I mean, then sure there should be consequences.”
Trump has offered no evidence that the Chinese were responsible for the pandemic, but did say that a U.S. investigation into the outbreak is ongoing.
Trump also voiced doubts on the death rate being reported by Chinese officials. At one point, when Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, was presenting charts comparing the U.S. mortality rate to that of other countries, Trump interrupted.
“Does anybody really believe this number?” Trump said, referring to China’s reported mortality rate of 0.33 per 100,000 people. Birx responded that she had included China on the chart to show how “unrealistic” those numbers were. The U.S. mortality rate is 11.24 per 100,000, which Birx said is half to a third of other countries. Belgium led the world with 45.2 fatalities per 100,000, followed by Spain with 42.81, and then Italy with 37.64.
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A laboratory in the Chinese city Wuhan at ground zero of the global coronavirus outbreak has rejected as “impossible” US theories it is the cradle of the pandemic, as President Donald Trump warned Beijing of consequences if it was “knowingly responsible”.