China’s ambassador to the United States took a swipe at President Trump on Tuesday, calling him and others out for politicizing the COVID-19 crisis, foreign media reported.
“What worries me is indeed the lack of transparency, not in terms of science, not in terms of medical treatment, but in terms of some of the political developments,” Cui Yiankai said during a foreign media discussion.
The ambassador also defended China’s response and handling of the disease, which has drawn condemnation from Trump, the State Department as well as other top U.S. officials.
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“So little attention is paid to the views of the scientists as some politicians are so preoccupied in their efforts for stigmatization, for groundless accusations,” he said.
Cui also piled on the U.S. media, accusing outlets of spreading speculation and reporting stories based on rumors.
Tensions between the United States and China have been simmering in recent weeks over the origin of the novel coronavirus as well as alleged Chinese coverups and shifting timelines.
“I think I should be hoping for more than just a pause in tensions, but really a serious rethinking of the very foundations of this important relationship,” Cui said.
“China is seeking to deflect criticism for its role in starting a global pandemic and not telling the world,” a State Department spokesperson said at the time. “Spreading conspiracy theories is dangerous and ridiculous. We wanted to put the government on notice we won’t tolerate it for the good of the Chinese people and the world.”
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