SEOUL, South Korea – President Donald Trump has spent much of this year blaming China for the coronavirus, while Beijing mocked him for not taking the pandemic seriously enough.
Now Trump’s own diagnosis has turned the battle acutely personal while deepening the uncertainty in U.S.-China relations. Trump was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for treatment on Friday, as several prominent aides and supporters, including adviser Kellyanne Conway, also tested positive.
Beijing’s leadership has been reticent in its response to Trump’s infection. State-run news agency Xinhua published two lines Saturday saying China’s leader, Xi Jinping, wished the U.S. president and first lady a speedy recovery – a day behind many other heads of state including North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen.
Foreign relations experts say China and other U.S. rivals are likely weighing their options for geopolitical action while Washington is preoccupied