Coronavirus: Trump calls outbreak worse ‘attack’ than 9/11 and Pearl Harbor

Adrian Ovalle

United States President Donald Trump has actually called the coronavirus outbreak the “worst attack” on the United States, stating the outbreak had actually impacted the nation more than Pearl Harbor or 9/11

Mr Trump has actually doubled down on his criticism of China over the outbreak, and stated that the COVID-19 pandemic is the “enemy”.

He informed White House press reporters on Wednesday night: “We went through the worst attack we have actually ever had on our nation, this is worst attack we have actually ever had.

” This is worse than Pearl Harbor, this is worse than the World Trade. There’s never ever been an attack like this.

“And it should have never happened. Could’ve been stopped at the source. Could’ve been stopped in China. It should’ve been stopped right at the source. And it wasn’t.”

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The president added: “I view the invisible enemy as a war. I don’t like how it got here, because it could have been stopped, but no, I view the invisible enemy like a war.”

Mr Trump’s administration has actually blamed the outbreak on China, with the president and his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo even declaring they have proof the infection was developed in a laboratory in Wuhan, China – a claim the Chinese federal government flatly rejects.

Mr Pompeo later on confessed he is not specific that COVID-19 originated from a Wuhan laboratory.

The Chinese federal government reacted to the most recent remarks by Mr Trump stating the enemy the United States is dealing with is the infection – not China.

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More than 73,000 people in the United States have actually passed away with coronavirus – the highest death toll worldwide, while more than 1.2 million people have actually checked favorable for COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University

By contrast, the attack on Pearl Harbor declared the lives of more than 2,000 American soldiers, with the September 11 attacks in 2001 killing nearly 3,000 people.

In January, Mr Trump applauded his Chinese equivalent Xi Jinping over his handling of the outbreak, however has actually because made a full U-turn on his remarks, in what is a vital election year for the president.

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