In his latest attack on Beijing, Donald Trump has singled out a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson. Trump called government statements “a disgrace” and then blamed the Chinese Communist Party for the “pain and carnage” that has been caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
Trump did not clarify which spokesperson he was attacking, however, on Wednesday, spokesperson Zhao Lijian criticized Trump for his latest ultimatum to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Trump accused the United Nations body of capitulating to Chinese pressure. He also demanded that Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pursue “major” reforms within 30 days or they would lose all U.S. funding.
“We think the US should focus on beating #COVID19 rather than give an ultimatum to the organization that leads global epidemic response,” Zhao wrote on Twitter. “Politicizing the origin of the virus has no audience,” he added, referring to international demands for an investigation into the origins and course of the pandemic.
Late on Wednesday, Trump tweeted that the “spokesman speaks stupidly on behalf of China, trying desperately to deflect the pain and carnage that their country spread throughout the world. Its disinformation and propaganda attack on the United States and Europe is a disgrace.”
He couldn’t stop there he then added: “It all comes from the top. They could have easily stopped the plague, but they didn’t!”
On Wednesday, Zhao retweeted comments from fellow Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying. Those statements criticized the U.S. response to the pandemic.
“US non-stop disinformation may confuse and mislead some for a while. But in the end facts speak for themselves,” Hua wrote.
In a second tweet Hua said, “‘Follow me and you live, defy me and you die.’ Is this the American style of science and democracy? But history has proven that only by following the trend of the times can one develop and prosper.”
Initially Trump reaped China with praise for their response to COVID-19. Trump also confidently stated, with no evidence, that the coronavirus would soon just disappear.
Trump has since blasted Beijing over the pandemic. Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have both pushed the conspiracy theory that the coronavirus escaped from a lab in Wuhan. Neither of them has offered any type of evidence and Beijing had adamantly denied the theories.