President Donald Trump said on Tuesday, Aug. 11, his relationship with General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Xi Jinping, is not the same since the outbreak of the pandemic by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus adding that he has not spoken with him in a long time.
During an interview with Fox Sports Radio, the president indicated, “I used to have a very good relationship with him”, referring to Xi, while talking about the Phase One trade agreement with the CCP that was drawn up last year and finally signed in January of this year.
“I had a great relationship with President Xi. I like him, but I don’t feel the same way now,” Trump said. “I certainly feel differently. I had a very, very good relationship, and I haven’t spoken to him in a long time,” he added.
As Reuters reported, President Trump said the consequences of the CCP Virus outbreak were worse than the trade dispute. “This is a thousand times the trade deal what happened with all of the death and … the world had to shutdown. It’s a disgrace.”
The first reports of the virus in China were released in late 2019. So far it has infected more than 20 million people worldwide and killed more than 735,000, including 5.1 million cases of infection and at least 163,160 deaths in the United States.
The United States government has shown itself to be unhappy on several occasions with the CCP’s handling of the pandemic, which silenced the voice of medical specialists who tried to warn of the outbreak in China.
The relationship between the United States and the CCP has further deteriorated after the CCP imposed the new national security law in Hong Kong that represses civil liberties or the CCP’s claims on the South China Sea.
Asked about the arrest of democracy advocates in Hong Kong under the CCP’s security law, as well as the problems over Taiwan, President Trump outlined his administration’s steps to end Hong Kong’s special trade status.
He did not refer to the arrest of the owner of Hong Kong’s Apple Daily, Jimmy Lai, one of the city’s most prominent democracy activists, reported Reuters.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien announced on Monday that the United States was concerned about Lai’s arrest.