Little upset with China, says Trump as Jinping refused US help at initial stages
US President Donald Trump has said he is "upset" with China over its late sharing of information on coronavirus.
"They should have told us about this," Trump told reporters at a press conference in the White House on Sunday.
"I'm a little upset with China. I'll be honest with you, because as much as I like (Chinese) President Xi (Jinping) and as much as I respect and admire the country," he said.
Trump said soon after he received information about the spread of the deadly viral infection in China, he wanted to send US medical team there. However, China did not allow.
Without specifying any timeline, Trump said he had spoken to President Xi "specifically" about sending US team to China, however, "he doesn't want this... this is not something that he wants".
The US president said it is "out of pride" that China didn't "want us to send people" and "they didn't really respond".
Reiterating that America's relationship with China is "very good", Trump said, "I wish they (had) told us three months sooner that this was a problem. We didn't know about it. They knew about it and they should (have) told us. We could have saved a lot of lives throughout the world."