Trump: UN 'Must Hold China Accountable for Their Actions' Regarding Coronavirus Pandemic
Having accused China of being behind the initial dangerous spread of the novel coronavirus, the US axed its funding of the World Health Organisation, which Washington claimed was acting pro-China.
In his recorded speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, which is held on-line this year, US President Donald Trump will call on the UN to "hold China accountable for their actions" vis-a-vis the still raging coronavirus pandemic.
“The Chinese government, and the World Health Organization – which is virtually controlled by China – falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission,” Trump will say, with an excerpt from his would-be speech cited by Reuters.
“Later, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease..." he is expected to continue.
Trump toyed with the idea of delivering his General Assembly address in person, to a nearly empty hall, but the White House confirmed Thursday that Trump would not be travelling to New York City after all in light of the padenmic-induced measures. World leaders who decided to physically attend the Assembly, would have to follow New York’s quarantine rules for travelers, meaning they’d have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
Since the start of the pandemic, the US and China have been engaged in a blame game over who's responsible for the global coronavirus pandemic, which came alongside multiple trade tensions, the Huawei controversy and standoff over the Hong Kong issue.
Pompeo claimed that China has "attempted to conceal and hide and confuse" the world since the COVID-19 outbreak began in early 2020 and employed the WHO as a "tool" to do the same. The US recently moved to cut off funding to the UN health agency after accusing it of a pro-China bias, with the approach promptly landing in other WHO members' crosshairs. In response, the Chinese side insisted they passed on all the necessary information about the flare-ups, which were first reported in Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei province, as soon as it was verified.