As India continues to reel under the COVID crisis, former US President Donald Trump said that “India has been devastated” by the coronavirus pandemic, insisting that China should pay $10 trillion to the US for allegedly being responsible for the spread of the pandemic globally.
In fact, China should pay more as compensation to the world, but this is what they have the capacity to pay, Trump was quoted by news agency PTI as saying in an interview with Fox News.
In response to a question, Trump said: “The number (compensation) is much higher than that. But there’s only so much they can pay. And that’s to us (United States). The number is bigger throughout the world. Look, countries have been destroyed over what they did, and whether by accident or not. And I would hope that it was an accident. I hope that it was through incompetence or an accident.”
“But, when you look, whether it was by an accident, whether it was — whatever it is, this — you look at these countries. They will never, ever be the same. Our country was hit so hard. But other countries were hit much harder,” he said as he went on to cite India, which is currently experiencing the worst ever public health crisis.
“Look at what’s going on in India now. You know, they used to say, look how well India was doing, because they were always looking for an excuse — look how well India is doing. The fact that India has just been devastated now, and virtually, every country has been devastated,” Trump said.
“I think that’s one of the reasons that I feel it’s very important to find out where it came from, how it came. I think I know. I mean, I feel certain about it. But certainly, China should help. Right now, their economy and our economy are the two economies that are coming back the fastest,” he argued.
Coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan in December 2019 by Chinese health officials. Trump has been alleging that the coronavirus may have leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in central China’s Wuhan city.
Meanwhile, India has reported 62,480 COVID cases, 1,587 deaths in the last 24 hours. As per the Health Ministry data, the country’s active caseload has fallen below 8 lakh after 73 days. Daily recoveries outnumber the number of daily new cases for the 36th consecutive day.