(RightWingAmericans.Com)- During Saturday’s Coronavirus Task Force press briefing, President Donald. Trump said that he believes China should face “consequences” if investigations show that the communist Chinese government knowingly put the world at risk following the coronavirus outbreak.
The comments come days after the president chose to withhold funds that would have been given to the World Health Organization. Trump and others allege that the World Health Organization was too trusting of the data coming out of China and put the world at risk by failing to declare a global health emergency earlier.
Diplomacy didn’t escape the president, however. Trump suggested that if China allowed the pandemic to get out of control by “mistake,” then his response will be less strict. Looking at what we already know, however, it seems unlike.
U.S. intelligence was made aware in March of China’s early knowledge of the outbreak and the virus’s ability to transmit between humans. The U.S. intelligence community learned that data was being falsified, whistleblowers silenced, and reports scrubbed.
Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told. The press that “now is not the time for retribution” with China, but last Thursday he appeared on Fox News striking a different tone. Pompeo explained that he and his global counterparts now believe that the virus may have originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology and that it is possible the Chinese government covered it up.
According to an Associated Press report, Chinese officials knew that the novel coronavirus would become a national pandemic as early as January 14. However, those officials waited almost a week to tell the rest of the world about the problem. And, this year, another study suggested that if the Chinese government had taken action three weeks earlier (as they knew about the virus in late November,) then the spread of the virus globally may have been reduced by 95%.
Even now, with major nations all over the world reporting tens of thousands of people dead, the Chinese government insists that just a few thousand people have died from the virus. In a country of 1.4 billion people, that hardly seems likely.