The White House spokeswoman highlighted a deepening rift between Washington and Beijing over the deadly coronavirus. The two countries have deeply clashed over the origins of the pandemic.
“Right now it is a relationship of disappointment and frustration,” McEnany said during a White House press briefing.
During her speech, the spokeswoman accused China of withholding information about the virus.
She added: “The president has said how frustrated he is at some of the decisions of China that put American lives at risk,” she added.
Beijing has been accused of not acting quickly enough to warn the world about the severity of the coronavirus.
US President Donald Trump has gone further in his brutal assessment of China’s handling of coronavirus.
The US President last week claimed the coronavirus originated in a laboratory in Wuhan.
This is something which Beijing has denied.
Over the weekend tensions between China and Washington came to an all high after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the claims.
In an attack on the US President, he said: “They want to pass the buck over their lack of response, lack of efforts to contain the virus, to China.
“There’s a game of blaming, scapegoating.
“It is not helpful for the international response.”
He also warned that this attitude among MPs in the UK could also negatively affect relations between the UK and China.
Some British politicians have also been critical of Beijing’s actions.
Liu Xiaoming said “such talks are a political virus.
“If they go unchecked they’ll poison UK-China relations and even international solidarity”.
He also warned anti-China remarks by some UK MPs on coronavirus threaten to “undermine mutual trust and cooperation” between Beijing and London.
This comes after Boris Johnson said on Monday that China has “questions to answer” about the origins of the virus.
Mr Johnson said: “Clearly there are questions that need to be answered about the origin and spread of the virus, not least so we can ensure we are better prepared for future global pandemics.”
Referencing the calls for an international inquiry into the origin of coronavirus, the ambassador to the UK said it was “politically motivated”.
He told China Britain Business Council webinar: “We must stay on high alert and say no to these remarks.”
Published at Thu, 07 May 2020 05:11:00 +0000