Chinese leadership appears to have taken umbrage with President Trump calling COVID-19 the China virus.
The editor of a Chinese state-run media outlet on Friday mocked President Trump and first lady Melania Trump following their positive coronavirus tests, writing that they “paid the price for [Trump’s] gamble to play down the COVID-19.”
Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin tweeted that news of the first couple contracting the virus shows the “severity” of the pandemic in the United States.
“It will impose a negative impact on the image of Trump and the US, and may also negatively affect his reelection,” the editor concluded.
President Trump and the first lady have paid the price for his gamble to play down the COVID-19. The news shows the severity of the US’ pandemic situation. It will impose a negative impact on the image of Trump and the US, and may also negatively affect his reelection.
— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) October 2, 2020
The Global Times is a propaganda outlet published by China’s ruling Communist Party.
The Trumps announced the diagnosis in the early hours of Friday morning, joining the more than 7.2 million people in the United States who have tested positive for the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. More than 207,000 have died while over 2.8 million have recovered, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Presidential physician Sean Conley said in a memo released by the White House that the president and the first lady “are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.”
“The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions. Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments,” Conley added.
The announcement came hours after news broke that White House adviser and top aide to the president Hope Hicks tested positive for the disease. Both Hicks and the president had been together on Air Force One in Cleveland for the presidential debate as well as a campaign rally in Minnesota on Wednesday.
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