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President Trump railed against China, saying the country “will do anything” to keep him from winning November’s general election.
Trump claimed during a Wednesday interview with Reuters that he’s considering ways to hold China accountable for the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in the country, insisting, “There are many things I can do.” He added that China would like to see presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden win due to the country’s trade war with the Trump administration.
“China will do anything they can to have me lose this race,” Trump said, adding of Chinese officials, “They’re constantly using public relations to try to make it like they’re innocent parties.”
Chinese ministry spokesman Geng Shuang responded to the remarks Thursday, saying, “For some time, certain U.S. politicians, in disregard of the facts, have attempted to shift their own responsibility for their poor handling of the epidemic to others.”
Trump also said during the interview that he doesn’t believe polling figures that show Biden doing well with voters.
“I don’t believe the polls,” he said. “I believe the people of this country are smart. And I don’t think that they will put a man in who’s incompetent.”
“And I don’t mean incompetent because of a condition that he’s got now. I mean, he’s incompetent for 30 years. Everything he ever did was bad. His foreign policy was a disaster,” he added.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll found 44% of registered voters said they would back Biden, with 40% saying they would vote for Trump.