President Donald Trump suggested April 30 that he could impose new tariffs on the Chinese regime as a way to punish it for mishandling the virus outbreak.
"It came out of China. And now what we’re doing ... is finding out how it came out," he continued. "We should have the answer to that in the not too distant future. And that will determine a lot how I feel about China."
When asked if the United States could stop its debt obligations as a way to punish the regime, Trump said on Thursday: "Well, I can do it differently. I can do the same thing, but even for more money, just by putting on tariffs. So, I don't have to do that."
A growing number of countries have stepped up calls for more transparency from the regime, and for an investigation into Beijing's handling of the outbreak. At the same time, two U.S. states have filed lawsuits against the regime, seeking damages for the human and economic costs of the pandemic on Americans.