Donald Trump Jr. recently slammed anyone that was praising China’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. He posted that those individuals that should be “scored for being the authoritarian/community propagandist they are.”
The thing about his statement is that his father, Donald Trump, had praised the response of China’s President Xi Jinping’s response to COVID-19. Trump had even spoken with Xi on Friday and he praised China’s “strong understanding” of the virus.
“Anyone praising China’s ‘leadership’ in responding that the virus should be scorned for being the authoritarian/communist propagandist that they are,” Trump Jr. tweeted Thursday.
In the tweet, he included the link to a Business Insider story that reported that Spanish researchers now believe that the rapid tests that they received from China only work about 30% of the time. Reportedly those tests were bought from Bioeasy, but the Chinese embassy in Spain said that the company’s tests were not donated by the Chinese government and added that Bioeasy did not have a license to sell the product.
Just hours after Trump Jr. made his tweet his father turned to Twitter to praise Xi and the “very good conversation” that they had. Hours after his son’s tweet, President Trump praised Xi after having a “very good conversation with him.”
“Discussed in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet,” the president added. “China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together. Much respect!”
Trump had also tweeted praise of Xi in January, February and even in early March.
These two tweets were posted just a few hours apart. pic.twitter.com/iSSYK6snOT
— Mike Masnick (@mmasnick) March 27, 2020
When the virus began to rapidly spread in the U.S., Trump began to refer to the coronavirus as the “Chinese virus.” At that point, even while making the racist remarks Trump never attempted to place the blame on Xi.
During a press conference on March 18, Trump suggested that the media siding with other countries including China.
“They’re siding with many others, China’s the least of it,” Trump stated. “So why — why they’re doing this, you’ll have to ask them. But if we had an honest media in this country, our country would be an even greater place.”
On March 21, Trump stated that China was being “secretive,” but in the next sentence stated that Xi was a “great leader.”
“He’s a friend of mine. But I wish they were able to — I wish they would have told us earlier… that they were having a problem,” Trump said. “Because they were having a big problem and they knew it, and I wish they could have given us an advanced warning. Because we could have done — we could have had a lot of things — as an example, some of the things that we’re talking about, where we order them as quickly as we can. If we had a two- or three-month difference in time, it would have been much better.”
“You don’t know what the numbers are in China,” President Trump said Thursday. “China tells you numbers, and — I’m speaking to President Xi tonight, I believe, and we’ll have a good conversation, I’m sure. But you just don’t know, you know, what are the numbers. But I think it’s a tribute to the testing. We’re testing tremendous numbers of people and every day — the way the system works.”
After his call with Xi, Trump said that both sides”will benefit if we cooperate, both will lose if we fight each other,” according to the Xinhua news agency.
“Cooperation is the only correct choice. I hope the U.S. side could take real action. The two sides should work together to enhance cooperation fighting the virus and develop non-confrontational” relations, Trump added.