US President Donald Trump hit out at China for not stopping the COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives globally, as he yet again used the term “China virus” and urged his supporters not to call it coronavirus, saying the name sounds like a “beautiful place” in Italy.
Addressing a rally in the battle ground State of Pennsylvania, Trump told his supporters on Tuesday that if re-elected, over the next four years, his administration will make America a manufacturing superpower of the world and will end US’ reliance on China once and for all.
Trump said that the country was doing great on economic front before the plague was unleashed on the United States, and blamed China for it. “You had the greatest year you have ever had last year, and you were really on your way – we were very, very sadly disturbed by what happened with China. They let the plague out. They shouldn’t have done it,” he said.
“We built the greatest economy in the history of the world. And right now we’re doing it again, he asserted, amidst an applause from his supporters. “It’s the China virus. It’s not the coronavirus. Corona sounds like a place in Italy, a beautiful place. It’s corona? No. It’s the China virus. They don’t want to say it. You know, the radical left, they don’t want to say it,” Trump said.
The US President has called the novel coronavirus as China’s virus before as well. In his speech on the eve of the Republican National Convention in August, Trump said: “I am pleased to make a truly historic announcement in our battle against the China virus that will save countless lives”.
In March, he had said that China is responsible for the spread of the novel coronavirus and called the COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus”. The virus that first emerged in China’s Wuhan city in the Hubei province in December 2019 has claimed 968,726 lives and infected 31,483,011 people globally. The US is the worst affected country, followed by India and Brazil.