Donald Trump blames China’s ‘incompetence’ for ‘mass worldwide killing’ in early morning tweet
- With his heated rhetoric, the US president appears to be making attacks on Beijing a centrepiece of his November re-election bid
- The White House has also suggested, without offering evidence so far, that the virus originated in a laboratory and was accidentally released
“It was the ‘incompetence of China’, and nothing else, that did this mass Worldwide killing,” the president tweeted.
The virus was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December and spread rapidly around the world, killing more than 323,000 people at the latest count, and triggering huge economic damage.