POYUS Donald Trump told the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday that China must be held responsible by the world for its actions over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In a pre-recorded message presented to the yearly meeting of the UNGA, Trump blamed Beijing for allowing the COVID-19 to “leave China and infect the world.”
“UN must hold China accountable for their actions,” POTUS Donald Trump stated.
Trump, who faces a tough reelection fight on November the 3rd, has tried to deflect overwhelming voter criticism of his approach of the pandemic by blaming China.
The recorded message was Broadcasted over a large screen in the UNGA hall, the US president effectively assigned his hawkish campaign stump speech to the global stage.
“We must hold accountable the nation that released this plague upon the world,” he added.
Trump blamed the People’s Republic of China for only looking after its own interests when the likely lethal virus first obliged in the city of Wuhan in late 2019.
“The Chinese government, and the World Health Organization (WHO) — which is virtually controlled by China — falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission,” Trump added in his UNGA speech.
“Later, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease,” he added.
World leaders are speaking virtually to the UNGA session in New York, due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Trump, who has frequently downplayed the risks posed by the virus, had previously said he would visit anyway, before apparently changing his mind.