Trump ‘more and more angry at China’ over virus

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FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. On March 12, during the meeting, and on the day he declared the COVID-19 pandemic a national emergency, Trump made a cryptic offhand remark. “I have the right to do a lot of things that people don’t even know about," he said. Trump wasn’t just crowing. Dozens of statutory authorities become available to any president when national emergencies are declared. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

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WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said Tuesday he was growing “more and more angry at China” over the spread of the coronavirus, as American health officials warned they were not in “total” control of the pandemic.

“As I watch the Pandemic spread its ugly face all across the world, including the tremendous damage it has done to the US, I become more and more angry at China,” Trump tweeted.

The global pandemic, which Trump blames on Beijing, has intensified already strong tensions between the two countries over an ongoing trade war.

Amid a surge in US cases, particularly in the south and west, infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci told Congress earlier Tuesday that things were “going in the wrong direction,” and that “clearly we are not in total control right now.”

He also warned that cases could more than double to 100,000 per day if authorities and the public fail to take steps to suppress the pandemic.

China has accused Trump’s administration of politicising the pandemic to deflect from its own handling of the illness, with the US suffering by far the highest death toll of any country.

US officials, meanwhile, have urged greater transparency from China.