On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump once again fumed at China over its “incompetence” that caused the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, which he described as a “mass worldwide killing”.
The US president and his administration have increasingly targeted China in a bid to shift the blame for the high number of infections and fatalities in America. Trump has also separately lashed on the World Health Organisation for siding with China is the time of crisis and being "China-centric" or even "puppets" of the country.
Referring to a statement issued by “some wacko in China” the president wrote in a tweet “it was the ‘incompetence of China’, and nothing else, that did this mass Worldwide killing”.
Trump administration has alleged that China is attempting to conceal the true extent of the epidemic, with the complicity of the World Health Organization. The president has called for an investigation in the origin of the novel coronavirus that first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December.
Recently, in a letter written to the WHO, Trump warned to cut off funds permanently to the global health body if it "does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days." He said that the United States will reconsider its membership in the organization. He also accused the WHO and its chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of “missteps” of their own, including abetting China’s cover-up.
On Tuesday, Trump drew fresh criticism by saying that he considered it a “badge of honor” that the United States had the highest number of infections in the world, arguing it was a testimony to increased testing. “So when we have a lot of cases, I don’t look at that as a bad thing; I look at that as -- in a certain respect, as being a good thing because it means our testing is much better,” he had said, “I view it as a badge of honor. Really, it’s a badge of honor.”