On Monday, Trump gave the World Health Organization 30 days to "commit to major substantive improvements" or the U.S. would permanently freeze funding for the body and reconsider its membership.
Regarding Trump's letter to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, he said the United States should focus on beating the coronavirus rather than "give an ultimatum to the organization that leads [the] global epidemic response". "Politicizing the origin of the virus has no audience", he added, referring to global demands for an investigation into the origins and course of the pandemic. But China's foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian accused Trump of trying to make the World Health Organization a scapegoat over his "incompetent response" to the pandemic. "Its disinformation and propaganda attack on the United States and Europe is a disgrace", Trump said on Twitter.
The president added: "It all comes from the top".
In several tweets, the president slammed both Chinese officials and Biden, accusing China of insufficient efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus while once again referring to Biden as "sleepy".
The 20-page report does not signal a shift in US policy, according to a senior administration official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the report and spoke only on condition of anonymity, but it expands on Trump's get-tough rhetoric that he hopes will resonate with voters angry about China's handling of the disease outbreak that has left tens of millions of Americans out of work.
"As the pandemic is still spreading in the U.S. and many other places in the world, the most pressing task is still pulling together to save lives and seek economic recovery", Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a press conference on Wednesday. "But in the end facts speak for themselves", Hua wrote.
Trump initially praised China's response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, and expressed confidence-without evidence-that the virus would soon disappear.