President Donald Trump will give a prerecorded address to the U.N. General Assembly and according to a source, the chilly relations between the U.S. and China is about to go into the deep freeze.
President Trump will rip into China for not only causing the coronavirus pandemic, but also how the covered up COVID-19, and hoarded supplies in order to use as bribes to get other countries to play nice.
Trump told reporters Monday that he’d have a “strong message” for China, where the first cases of COVID-19 were reported, but he didn’t elaborate ahead of the Tuesday address. Earlier in his administration, Trump hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Florida club, but now the two leaders are exchanging angry words over trade.
The Trump administration has been slamming the Chinese Communist Party for its handling of COVID-19, election meddling, espionage in the United States, and influence peddling across the world.
House Foreign Affairs Committee’s COVID Report Will Back President Trump’s Strong Stance Toward China
A damning report that is soon to be released from the House Foreign Affairs Committee makes clear that the Coronavirus pandemic could have been halted in the early days of the outbreak if not for the Chinese being more focused on covering up their culpability in its release.
The report also castigated the World Health Organization (WHO) for being little more than propagandists for Beijing.
Trump’s U.N. General Assembly speech will also address the ongoing threats from North Korea and Iran.
Trump’s statement came shortly after he signed an executive order spelling out how the U.S. will enforce the “snapback” of sanctions. “My actions today send a clear message to the Iranian regime and those in the international community who refuse to stand up to Iran,” he said.
The U.S. said it was reimposing sanctions on Iran for being in noncompliance with the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and global powers. But Trump in 2018 pulled out of the deal in which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief.
Few U.N. member states believe the U.S. has the legal standing to restore the sanctions because Trump withdrew from the agreement. The U.S. argues it retains the right to do so as an original participant in the deal and a member of the council.
The White House has not previewed his U.N. speech, but Trump was expected to highlight agreements the U.S. brokered between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The historic agreements come as relations between the Jewish state and Arab nations are thawing as a pushback against Iran.
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