US President Donald Trump has called on the UN to hold China accountable for the spread of the coronavirus, he said Tuesday in a video message at a high-level meeting to mark the 75th anniversary of the UN, distributed by the White House.
“In the early days of the virus, China stopped travel within the country, while allowing planes to leave China and infect the world… The United Nations must hold China accountable for its actions,” he said.
He also accused China and the WHO of incorrect claims that the virus is not transmitted from person to person and that people without symptoms do not transmit the virus.
He added accusations that China pollutes the oceans and catches too many fish in the waters of other countries, destroys coral reefs, and is responsible for “toxic mercury” emissions over those of any other country.
“China’s carbon emissions are twice as high as those of the United States and are growing rapidly,” Trump said.
Trump compared the mobilization of forces brought in to fight the coronavirus to efforts after World War II.
“We are engaged in a fierce battle with an invisible enemy-the Chinese virus, which has claimed countless lives in 188 countries,” the US President said.
Trump noted that three drugs in the United States are in the last stage of clinical trials, and assured that production is already underway. After their approval, distribution can begin immediately.
“We will defeat the virus, we will stop the pandemic,” Trump promised.
Trump regularly accuses China of failing to contain the spread of the coronavirus around the world. Beijing denies such accusations.