Washington: US President Donald Trump suggested on Monday that he could seek damages from China over China’s coronavirus outbreak that began in the Chinese city of Wuhan and spread around the world.
“We are not happy with China,” Trump said at the White House briefing. “We are not happy with that whole situation because we believe it could have been stopped at the source.”
“It could have been stopped quickly and it wouldn’t have spread all over the world,” he said.
“There are so many ways you can hold them accountable,” Trump said. “We are doing some very serious investigations as you probably know.”
Trump was recently asked about an editorial in a German newspaper, which called for Germany to pay Germany $ 165 billion due to the economic damage caused by the virus.
Asked if the US would consider doing so, the US president said: “We can do a lot easier than this.”
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“Germany is looking at things, we are looking at things,” he said. “We’re talking about a lot more money than we talk about in Germany.”
“We have not yet determined the final amount,” Trump said. “This is enough.”
“It’s a worldwide loss,” he said. “It’s a loss for America, but it’s a loss for the world.”
There have been more than 55,000 coronavirus-related deaths in the United States and the epidemic has closed the vast swath of the economy, leaving millions unemployed.