Trump and allies strike markedly different tone on China over pandemic
As Americans adapt to a period of isolation to arrest the spread of the coronavirus crisis while their leaders reevaluate how to move forward, President Trump and many of his allies appear to hold strikingly different views about whether China should be blamed for the global pandemic. As some of the president’s staunchest allies and supporters, both on Capitol Hill and on Fox News, are lambasting China for failing to report the dangers posed by the deadly virus soon enough, Mr. Trump says he has “much respect” for Chinese President Xi Jinping, and says China has “been through much.” Mr. Trump spoke with Xi Thursday night.”Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China. Discussed in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet. China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together. Much respect!” the president tweeted at 1:19 a.m. Friday. Mr. Trump, who used to call the novel coronavirus the “Chinese virus” when he spoke of it and insisted that China could have and should have done more to prevent this pandemic, has recently dropped his use of language slightly in recent days.