US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he was very disappointed in China with the failure to curb the novel corona virus and said the global pandemic had overshadowed his US-China trade agreement.
The Corona virus outbreak originated in Wuhan, China in December and spread silently when Washington and Beijing signed a Phase 1 trade agreement, which the Republican President welcomed as a great achievement.
"I am very disappointed with China," said the Republican President in an interview that aired on Fox Business Network on Thursday.
"You should never have let that happen. So I'm doing big business and now I'm saying that it doesn't feel like it to me. The ink was barely dry and the plague came over. And it doesn't feel like me either," Trump said.
Under the Phase 1 contract signed in January, Beijing promised to buy at least $ 200 billion in additional US goods and services over a two-year period, while Washington agreed to gradually reduce tariffs on Chinese goods .
A Chinese state newspaper has reported that some government advisors in Beijing have asked for new talks and may have voided the agreement.
Trump said again that he was not interested in renegotiating.
While US intelligence agencies said the virus was not artificial or genetically modified, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in early May that there was "a significant amount of evidence" that the virus came from a Wuhan laboratory.
His comments followed Trump's statement on April 30 that he was confident that the corona virus could come from a Chinese virology lab.
In the Fox Business interview that was recorded on Wednesday, Trump focused more on China's response to the outbreak than its origins.
"We have a lot of information and it is not good. Whether from the laboratory or from bats, everything came from China and they should have stopped it. They could have stopped it at the source," he said.
"It's out of control."
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