Trump Criticizes China in U.N. General Assembly Speech

Headline Roundup September 22nd, 2020

In a pre-recorded speech to the United Nations General Assembly, President Donald Trump criticized China for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying “the United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions.” Trump also called the virus “the Chinese virus,” criticized China’s environmental record, and said the World Health Organization was “virtually controlled by China.” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned against a potential “Great Fracture” splitting the world between American and Chinese systems. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s pre-recorded speech rejected “Cold War mentality” and warned that “[relations among countries] must not be lorded over by those who wave a strong fist at others.”

Some coverage on all sides used sensationalist language like “blasted” and “fiery.” Coverage in some left-rated outlets included criticisms of Trump’s coronavirus response. Coverage in some right-rated outlets portrayed China’s coronavirus response as “botched” outside of descriptions of Trump’s criticisms.

Trump Criticizes China in U.N. General Assembly Speech

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday demanded that the United Nations hold China accountable for the coronavirus pandemic as he defends his own handling of COVID-19 in America where the death toll has reached 200,000.

“We have waged a fierce battle against the invisible enemy – the China virus – which has claimed countless lives in 188 countries,” Trump said in a prerecorded address to the U.N. General Assembly that lasted less than seven minutes.

“As we pursue this bright future, we must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague...

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From the Center
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U.S. President Donald Trump used the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday to attack China’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying it must be held accountable for having “unleashed this plague onto the world.”

By contrast, China’s President Xi Jinping struck a conciliatory tone in his pre-recorded virtual address to the General Assembly, calling for enhanced cooperation over the pandemic and stressing that China had no intention of fighting “either a Cold War or a hot war with any country.”

The leaders of the world’s two largest economies laid out their...

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From the Right
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President Trump on Tuesday told the United Nations that it must hold China accountable for its failure to contain the coronavirus in the early days of the pandemic -- and declared the World Health Organization "controlled" by Beijing.

“The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions,” Trump told the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, separately calling the virus "The China Virus."

The administration has long blamed Beijing for its botched handling of the virus, which originated in Wuhan, China before becoming a worldwide pandemic, and has called on...

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