May 25, 2020 | 12:18 PM IST
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Upset with China, Trump says he won’t talk to President Xi right now

The United States of America President Donald Trump has made it clear that he has no intention of speaking with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on any issue and that he could even severe trade ties with it.  

On Thursday, referring to the January deal, President Trump said, “So I make a great trade deal and now I say this doesn’t feel the same to me. The ink was barely dry and the plague came over. And it doesn’t feel the same to me.”
When asked if the US could stop Chinese students who had sought admissions to various universities in America, Trump said, “There are many things we could do. We could do things. We could cut off the whole relationship.”
Referring to the US annual imports from China, Trump said, "Now, if you did, what would happen? You'd save $500 billion."
The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has also accused China of ‘stealing’ US intellectual property and data related to Coronavirus research.
Incidentally, World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Emergencies Director Michael Ryan has said that the Coronavirus may never go away and that people will have to learn to live with it. He said, “This virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities and this virus may never go away.”

Ryan said, “HIV has not gone away – but we have come to terms with the virus. We have found therapies and we have found the prevention methods and people don’t feel as scared as they did before.”

On the pandemic front, the US remains the most-affected country with a maximum number of Covid-19 cases. So far, there have been about 1,457,593 positive cases in the state and over 82,900 deaths.

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