President Trump was asked whether he was considering invoicing China for coronavirus damage after a German newspaper claimed they have, Trump said the US will do it.
During a press conference at the White House on Monday, President Trump warned China that a bill is coming after being asked whether he was considering seeking payment from Beijing for its response to the pandemic.
The query comes after a German newspaper published a mocked-up bill to China of a $160billion invoice for the impact shutdowns have had on the economy following the spread from Wuhan to Europe.
President Trump said he had a ‘much easier’ idea and said he was planning on obtaining much more than what the Germans were suggesting.
China’s role in trying to cover up the extent of the virus when it first came to light has kicked off investigations into the Communist country for the spread of the disease around the world and preventing other countries from being prepared.
President Trump has been one of the most vocal world leaders in attacking and calling out the authoritarian regime.
‘We have ways of doing things a lot easier than that,’ Trump told a coronavirus press briefing Monday in Washington DC.
‘Germany’s looking at things, and we’re looking at things, and we’re talking about a lot more money than Germany’s talking about.
‘We haven’t determined the final amount yet. It’s very substantial,’ Trump added.
Last week German paper Bild calculated an ‘invoice’ of nearly €150billion (around $162billion) in economic damage to Germany because of the crisis.
The idea of charging reparations to China is not endorsed by the German government, with Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Mass describing the concept as ‘illusory’.
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