An “unhappy” Donald Trump says the US may seek damages from China over the coronavirus crisis.
“We are not happy with China, we are not happy with that whole situation,” he said in a press conference today.
“There are a lot of ways you can hold them accountable,” Trump said. “We’re doing some very serious investigations as you probably know.”
The US President said his government were conducting a thorough investigation into China and the spread of COVID-19.
He hinted the government may seek compensation from China for damages as a result of the pandemic as Germany have done.
“Germany is looking at things, we’re looking at things, but we’re talking about a lot of money than Germany is looking at,” he said.
Last week, a German tabloid sent a $162 billion bill to China in ‘coronavirus damages’.
Mr Trump described the pandemic as “a point of incompetence” on behalf of China that forced the US economy to close.
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“We had the best economy in the world and I had to turn it off,” he said.
He expressed confidence the US would be able to rebuild the economy and reopen workplaces as soon as possible.
“We stand in solidarity with the thousands of Americans who are ill and waging a brave fight against the virus.
“We’re doing everything in our power to heal the sick and to gradually reopen our nation, and to safely get our people back to work.”
Mr Trump addressed the media at his daily scheduled White House briefing after a phenomenal backflip only hours earlier.
He launched a scathing attack on the media on Twitter before cancelling and then rescheduling his appearance.
Disgraced General to be exonerated
Mr Trump expressed his support for disgraced army General and former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn who, in 2017, pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI in relation to the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
On Sunday, April 26, Mr Trump retweeted a post from Fox Business Network claiming the former national Security Adviser Michael Flynn would be “completely exonerated”.
Today, Mr Trump suggested Flynn may even be brought back into the administration.
“I think that General Flynn is a wonderful man. He had a wonderful career and it was a disgrace what happened to General Flynn. Let’s see what happens there,” he said.
*A previous version of this article incorrectly stated Germany issued a bill to China.
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