In an interview with Reuters, President Trump claimed “China will do anything they can to have me lose this race.”
Per TheHill, Trump told the newswire that Beijing wants former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, to win in November to ease pressure that Trump has placed on China over trade and other issues.
“They’re constantly using public relations to try to make it like they’re innocent parties,” Trump said of Chinese officials.
A spokesperson for the Biden campaign was not immediately available for comment.
Trump also said that he thinks China should have been more active in letting the world know about the coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, sooner.
Asked if he would consider using tariffs or debt write-offs for China, Trump said “there are many things I can do,” but did not offer specifics, according to Reuters.
“We’re looking for what happened,” he added of the coronavirus outbreak.
Reuters interview with Pres. Trump: “China will do anything they can to have me lose this race.” He said he believes Beijing wants Joe Biden to win the race to ease the pressure Trump has placed on China over trade and other issues. https://t.co/lkbyVQnYt3
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