US President Donald Trump has said that China should be held accountable for the coronavirus pandemic and that the United States may seek “very substantial damages” from China in this regard. 

At a press briefing yesterday (Monday) Trump launched sharply criticised China, saying there were “a lot of ways you can hold them accountable” for the spread of the virus.

“We’re doing very serious investigations … We are not happy with China,” President Trump said. “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.”

In response to questions about a German newspaper editorial calling for China to pay Germany $165bn in compensation, Trump also suggested he might seek damages.

“Germany is looking at things, we are looking at things,” he said. “We are talking about a lot more money than Germany’s talking about.”

“We haven’t determined the final amount yet,” the US President said. “It’s very substantial.”