US President Donald Trump again fought China over the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, blaming Beijing for "global mass murders".
The early morning tweet, which also referred to an unidentified "Wacko in China," was the latest fiery White House rhetoric in which Trump made attacks on Beijing a core part of his reelection offer in November.
"It was China's" incompetence "and nothing else that caused this global mass murder," the president tweeted.
The virus first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December and spread quickly around the world. At the latest more than 3.23,000 people were killed and there was enormous economic damage.
Trump first downplayed the severity of the threat and repeatedly said that China was addressing the outbreak. He later accused China of allowing international distribution.
The White House has also suggested without providing evidence that the virus came from a laboratory and was accidentally released. Trump has repeated, but vaguely, threatened retaliation against major US rival.
He has also threatened to cancel US funds for the World Health Organization or WHO because he helped China cover up the scale of the outbreak.
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