The President of the United States, Donald Trump, assured this Friday that he is not “happy” with the agreement signed by the leaders of China, Xi Jinping, and Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, to expand their cooperation against the coronavirus.
Trump made those statements during a press conference at the White House in response to a journalist’s questions about the pact between Xi and Maduro, which Washington has accused of terrorism and drug trafficking, in addition to offering a reward of $ 15 million for information leading to his capture.
“We would not be happy if that has occurred. I have not spoken with the president of China about Venezuela, about that aspect of Venezuela, but if that has happened I will not be happy. I will not be happy,” Trump said.
Asked if he is concerned that the virus agreement will extend to other economic aspects, the US president replied: “I am concerned about everything. I am concerned about everything, so I do not sleep much. I care about everything, but I would not be happy with that”.
According to the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, in a phone call, Xi assured that the Chinese authorities are “ready to expand cooperation in the coming weeks”, after his country sent several tons of humanitarian aid in recent days.
The Trump Administration has attempted to diplomatically and economically isolate Maduro through the imposition of sanctions and has expressed its support for opposition leader Juan Guaidó, recognized as interim president of Venezuela by fifty nations.
Meanwhile, with China, Trump is proud to have treated that country “in a very harsh manner” to prevent it from “taking advantage” of the United States. And, therefore, a trade war began in 2018 that led to the mutual imposition of tariffs, although in December 2019 they reached an initial agreement.
At his press conference today, the president again lashed out at China and announced that “sometime next week” he will make an announcement about the World Health Organization (WHO).
Trump has accused the WHO of privileging China in the coronavirus crisis and this week threatened to suspend his country’s contribution to that organization.