US President Donald Trump has promised to hold China accountable if Beijing’s guilt in spreading the coronavirus pandemic is proven. Trump said this on Saturday during a daily briefing at the White House, Reuters reports.
"This (coronavirus epidemic - Ed.) Could have been stopped in China before it began, but it has not been done, and now the whole world is suffering because of this," Trump said.
The coronavirus epidemic could not be stopped in time due to a mistake by the Chinese authorities, the American leader suggested. However, he also did not rule out that this could be done deliberately.
"If it was a mistake, a mistake is a mistake. But if they deliberately carried responsibility for it, that’s what I mean, then there must be consequences," the American president said.
He did not specify what actions the United States could take regarding China.
Trump also raised the issue of a virology laboratory in Wuhan. Fox News reported this week that it was likely that coronavirus was developed at the facility as part of China's efforts to demonstrate its ability to identify and fight viruses.
The head of the US White House said his government is trying to determine if the virus came from a Chinese laboratory.
Back in February, the Wuhan State Institute of Virology denied rumors that the virus could be artificially synthesized in one of its laboratories or get out of control beyond its borders.
As we reported before, US President Donald Trump threatens to impose sanctions on countries that refuse or time out with the evacuation of their citizens from his country