US President Donald Trump has described the coronavirus pandemic as the worst assault ever on the United States, blaming China.
Mr Trump mentioned the pandemic experienced strike the US more durable than the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in Globe War Two, or the 9/11 assaults two a long time in the past.
His administration is weighing punitive steps towards China more than its early dealing with of the virus outbreak.
Beijing suggests the US would like to distract from its personal managing of the pandemic.
Since emerging in China at the end of very last calendar year, the coronavirus is verified to have infected 1.2 million Us citizens, killing virtually 73,000.
What did President Trump say?
Speaking to reporters in the Oval Business of the White Residence, Mr Trump said: “We went through the worst assault we have ever experienced on our state, this is worst attack we have at any time experienced.
“This is even worse than Pearl Harbor, this is worse than the World Trade Centre. There is certainly hardly ever been an attack like this.
“And it need to have hardly ever transpired. Could’ve been stopped at the supply. Could’ve been stopped in China. It should’ve been stopped right at the supply. And it wasn’t.”
Asked later by a reporter if he seen the pandemic as an genuine act of war, Mr Trump proposed it was the pandemic that is America’s enemy, instead than China.
“I look at the invisible enemy [coronavirus] as a war,” he said. “I do not like how it got below, because it could have been stopped, but no, I watch the invisible enemy like a war.”