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Trump adviser compares Chinas handling of coronavirus to Chernobyl

WASHINGTON — Chinas handling of the coronavirus pandemic is akin to the Soviet Unions response to Chernobyl, U.S. President Donald Trumps national security adviser Robert OBrien said Sunday.

“The cover-up that they did of the virus is going to go down in history along with Chernobyl,” OBrien told Chuck Todd on NBCs “Meet the Press,” referring to the 1986 nuclear disaster in Ukraine. “Well see an HBO special about 10 or 15 years from now.”

Asked about the implications of the pandemic for the newly-agreed-upon U.S.-China trade deal, OBrien replied that “were in a very different world” than when negotiations first began.

“We want good relations with China and with the Chinese people, but unfortunately, were seeing just action after action by the Chinese Communist Party that makes it difficult,” OBrien said. “With respect to the trade deal, well see if they live up to it, but were dealing in a new world now with corona.”

“They unleashed a virus on the world thats destroyed trillions of dollars in American economic wealth that were having to spend to keep our economy alive, to keep Americans afloat during this virus.”

Trump suggested earlier this month that he was considering abandoning the deal, signed earlier this year with great fanfare. His remarks came less than 12 hours afterRead More – Source