Coronavirus live news: Trump says he could cut China ties as global deaths pass 300,000

Posted by on May 14, 2020 7:34 pm
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12.34am BST

US President Donald Trump signalled a further deterioration of his relationship with China over the novel coronavirus, saying he has no interest in speaking to President Xi Jinping right now and going so far as to suggest he could even cut ties with the world’s second largest economy, Reuters reports.

In an interview with Fox Business Network broadcast on Thursday, Trump said he was very disappointed with China’s failure to contain the disease and that the pandemic had cast a pall over his January trade deal with Beijing, which he has previously hailed as a major achievement.

12.32am BST

Hello and welcome to today’s coverage of the global coronavirus pandemic.

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