Washington, United States:
US President Donald Trump said Thursday that he was in no mood to speak to China's Xi Jinping, and bleakly warned that he could break ties with the rival superpower to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
"I have a very good relationship, but I don't want to speak to him right now," Trump told Fox Business.
"I am very disappointed with China. I will tell you in a moment," he said.
When asked how the United States could opt for retaliation, Trump did not provide details, but set a threatening tone and said, "There are many things we could do. We could do things. We could do all of them Break off relationship. "
"If you had, what would happen?" Trump asked. "You'd save $ 500 billion if you broke the whole relationship."
Tensions between the United States and China have increased as they barbed against the origin of the pandemic that killed 300,000 people.
Trump has been accusing China of hiding the true extent of the outbreak that first occurred in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019, which allowed it to spread unchecked.
Beijing strongly rejects the indictment and insists that all available data be sent to the World Health Organization as soon as possible.
Trump doubled his allegations in an interview with Fox Business, saying: "It all came from China and they should have stopped it.
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