KEY POINTS

  • President Donald Trump has again blamed the "incompetence of China" for the coronavirus pandemic and the "mass" deaths
  • Mike Pompeo echoed these sentiments, saying it supports the global effort to investigate the global response and origins of COVID-19 
  • Pompeo also said China has "been ruled by a brutal, authoritarian regime" since 1949

President Donald Trump is again blasting China for the coronavirus pandemic. The president said the Communist Party of China (CPC) is solely to blame for the "mass worldwide killing" inflicted by the outbreak.

In a tweet Wednesday, Trump said an unidentified "wacko in China" blamed the world for the spread of COVID-19. He asserted that no other country should bear the brunt of the health crisis that beset the world except China.

"Some wacko in China just released a statement blaming everybody other than China for the Virus which has now killed hundreds of thousands of people," tweeted Trump Wednesday. "Please explain to this dope that it was the 'incompetence of China', and nothing else, that did this mass Worldwide killing!"

Some, however, point out that Trump's tweet undermined the determined stand of 120 countries demanding China be held to account for its role in the COVID-19 pandemic. The tweet would have been praiseworthy had the "wacko" been identified. It is still unclear what statement Trump is referring to.

Trump made his statement on the same day his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, blasted China for using tariffs to retaliate against Australia. Along with the European Union, Australia is leading a global effort by 120 countries to investigate the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As can be expected, China will be heavily investigated since the COVID-19 coronavirus originated in the city of Wuhan in Hubei province in December 2019.

On Tuesday, two-thirds of the 194 members of the UN General Assembly approved a draft resolution at the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) calling for an independent investigation into the origin and international health response to the pandemic. The draft resolution doesn't specifically name China, however. And, in what some political observers call a blatant case of retaliation, China on the same day increased by 80% the tariffs it imposes on barley imported from Australia.

Political pundits note any investigation that blames China for unleashing COVID-19 onto the world will deal a severe blow to China's claim of global leadership and will badly harm its trade relations with other countries.

Taking his cue from Trump, Pompeo assailed the Communist Party for retaliating against Australia. He claims the Trump administration fully backs Australia's push for an independent investigation into the origins of the pandemic.

"The Chinese Communist Party chose to threaten Australia with economic retribution for the simple act of asking for an independent inquiry into the origins of the virus," said Pompeo in Washington D.C. Wednesday. "It’s not right."

Pompeo said the Trump administration stands with Australia and the more than 120 nations that have taken up the American call for an inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus. He also said China has "been ruled by a brutal, authoritarian regime" since 1949 in an unvarnished assault on communism.

"We greatly underestimated the degree to which Beijing is ideologically and politically hostile to free nations. The whole world is waking up to that fact."

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had "every legal power" to include Taiwan US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had "every legal power" to include Taiwan Photo: POOL / Andrew Harnik