U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that China could have stopped the coronavirus before it swept the globe and said his administration was conducting “serious investigations” into what happened. 

Xi’s one-man rule hamstrings coronavirus response . President Xi Jinping has consolidated so much power that China’s bureaucracy fears acting without his orders, a situation that initially hampered Beijing’s response to the Wuhan pneumonia. (Nikkei montage/Reuters/Akira Kodaka)

“We’re doing very serious investigations … We are not happy with China,” Trump said at a White House news conference. 

“We believe it could have been stopped at the source. It could have been stopped quickly and it wouldn’t have spread all over the world.”


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