President Donald Trump on Friday, March 27, said he spoke on the phone with Chinese leader Xi Jinping and discussed “in great detail” the CCP Virus (Wuhan coronavirus) pandemic, which has so far killed more than 24,000 people worldwide since it began in Wuhan, China.
“China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the virus,” President Trump said on Twitter. “We are working closely together. Much respect!”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020
The details about what was discussed during the call were not disclosed, but Chinese state media reported that Xi “urged unity and solidarity and delivered three main messages: strengthen international efforts to stop the virus; shore up the economy amid downward trends; and a subtle call on the U.S. to stop its hostile moves against China,” according to the South China Morning Post.
Xi also said China was willing to offer support to the United States in addressing the outbreak and said China had been open and transparent about the pandemic, reported The Guardian.
President Trump began calling the CCP Virus “Chinese Virus” soon after Chinese officials blamed the United States over the virus origin. During a White House briefing on Thursday, he said he may stop using the terminology if it bothered the Chinese regime.
“If you look at Ebola, right, if you look at Lyme in Connecticut, you look at all these different horrible diseases, they seem to come with a name with a location,” he said. “I don’t have to say it if they feel so strongly about it, we’ll see.”
When asked about the high number of cases in the United States that would surpass that of China, President Trump said it showed a sign of success at speeding up testing for the virus in the United States and expressed skepticism on the official coronavirus numbers coming out of China.
“You don’t know what the numbers are in China,” he told reporters. “I’m sure you’re not able to tell what China is testing or not testing. I think that’s a little hard.”
The president acknowledged that China would like to see him lose the 2020 election to former Vice President Joe Biden.
“Would they love to negotiate with Biden or somebody else other than me? They would love it; that’s their best dream in the world,” he said.