China taunts Trump: Beijing says US President has ‘paid the price’ for Covid-19 dismissal

Hu Xijin, editor of China’s state-run daily Global Times newspaper, launched a scathing attack on Donald Trump and warned his recent diagnosis could have a “negative impact” on his performance in the upcoming US elections against Democrat Joe Biden. He said the US leader, who has faced criticism for playing down risks from the coronavirus, had “paid the price” for his “gamble” during the crisis.

Mr Xijin tweeted: “President Trump and the first lady have paid the price for his gamble to play down the COVID-19.

”The news shows the severity of the US’ pandemic situation.

“It will impose a negative impact on the image of Trump and the US, and may also negatively affect his reelection.”

Mr Trump has come under fire for understating the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak in its early stages and has repeatedly predicted it would go away.

On the day before he revealed his diagnosis, Mr Trump, who rarely wears a mask, said the end of the pandemic was in sight.

Mr Xijin’s attack highlights the worsening relations between superpowers the US and China.

Since Mr Trump took office Sino-US relations have plummeted to their lowest point in decades, with arguments over trade, Hong Kong, Taiwan and multiple other issues.

The Trump administration has made standing up to China a key policy platform, and has been particularly vocal in criticism of Beijing’s human rights record, whether in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang or Chinese-ruled Hong Kong.

It comes amid reports Mr Trump’s condition has continued to improve overnight, with the White House saying it is optimistic that he will leave the hospital later on Monday.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is understood to have spoken with Mr Trump earlier on Monday morning, and the president will meet with his medical team later to assess his condition.

Mr Trump, 74, tested positive for the invisible killer disease on Thursday and…

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