U.S. President Donald Trump said that he does not want to speak to his Chinese President, Xi Jinping, for now, threatening to sever relations with China over the COVID-19 pandemic, at a press conference.
“I have a very good relationship (with Xi Jinping) but right now I don’t want to talk to him“Trump said during an interview with Fox Business.
The US and China are on a escalation of tension with mutual accusations of errors and omissions in the fight against the spread of the new coronavirus, with Washington accusing Beijing of neglecting the risks of the pandemic in its initial phase, and with the Chinese Government denounce the American ineffectiveness in the health crisis.
Trump even admits retaliation against the Beijing government, accusing it of omitting important information about the new coronavirus, which could have prevented the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There are many things that we can do. We can break all relationships“said Trump.
“If we did that, what would happen? We would save 500 billion dollars (about 460 billion euros),” added the President.
The United States and China have had a trade war since 2018, but earlier this year they celebrated the first phase of a new trade agreement that was seen by both parties as the beginning of a better diplomatic relationship.
However, in recent months, tensions have escalated and Trump has accused Chinese officials of hiding the scale of the epidemic, which emerged in late 2019 in the city of Wuhan. For its part, China denies the accusations and claims to have transmitted all information in a timely manner to the World Health Organization and other countries, including the United States.