Chinese Mixed Messages on US President Virus Diagnosis

Vastavam web: China Sent Mixed messages Friday in response to news of President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump’s coronavirus diagnoses. A top Chinese Communist Party official joined the outpouring of well wishes from global leaders including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying tweeted late Friday morning that she was “saddened” to hear that the Trumps had contracted the virus.

Hu Xijin, the editor of the state-owned Global Times newspaper tweeted in English that Trump and the first lady had “paid the price” for their actions. President Trump and the first lady have paid the price for his gamble to play down the COVID-19. The news shows the severity of the US’ pandemic situation. It will impose a negative impact on the image of Trump and the US, and may also negatively affect his reelection,” Hu said.

China Daily, the country’s official English language newspaper and another outlet which the State Department has designated as being under government control, noted in an article that Trump has shirked public health recommendations during the pandemic. News of Trump and the first lady’s positive test results was the most searched topic in China on the social media app Weibo in the hours after the news broke, according to the Associated Press.