Following a short break in his daily coronavirus press briefings, US President Donald Trump returned to the White House press room with fresh accusations against China regarding its handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Meanwhile, confirmed cases of COVID-19 are now in excess of 3 million infections.Trump claims that the Chinese government could have stopped the virus from spreading all over the world and that his administration would be conducting an investigation into the source of the coronavirus outbreak, before saying that he will hold them accountable for any wrongdoings.“We’re doing very serious investigations. .. We are not happy with China,” Trump told the White House media conference. “There are a lot of ways you can hold them accountable. We believe it could have been stopped at source. It could have been stopped quickly and wouldn’t have spread all over the world.”Yet, looking back to 27 February, you will also find that Donald Trump had this to say:Among selected quotes from the press conference above are the following direct quotes from President Trump:
“Because of all we’ve done, the risk to the American people remains very low”
“I’m going to be putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge”
“The flu, in our country, kills from 26,000 people to 69,000 people a year, which was shocking to me”
“This will end; this will end and you look at flu season…26,000 people, I’ve never heard of that… going up to 69,000 people, doctor, you told me before… from 26 to 69,000 people, every year die from the flu!”So we have a president that believed in the early stages of the pandemic that it didn’t warrant his full attention, so delegated his Vice President to take charge of the task force to handle the situation – he insinuated that it’s no more alarming than the risks of seasonal flu and believed the risk to the American people was very low.To date, according to Johns Hopkins University data, 3,041,777 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed and 211,170 deaths have been recorded worldwide, including 988,451 in the United States, where 56,245 people have lost their lives.And, with all of this in mind, President Trump is pointing fingers at China.