President Donald Trump on Thursday questioned official coronavirus numbers coming out of China.
“You don’t know what the numbers are in China,” Trump told reporters during the White House press conference on Thursday evening.
A reporter asked Trump to respond to the news that the United States was on the court for more virus cases than China.
The president said the high number of cases in the United States was a sign of success in speeding up virus tests.
“I’m sure you will not be able to explain what China is trying or is not trying. I think it’s a little difficult,” Trump said.
Trump revealed that he expected to speak to Chinese President Xi Jinping in a phone call Thursday night.
When asked why he stopped calling the coronavirus a “Chinese virus,” he said he no longer needed to repeat it.
“I talk about the Chinese virus and I mean, where it came from … it was a Chinese virus,” he said. “But I won’t have to say if they feel so strongly about it. See me.”
Trump acknowledged that China would probably love to see him lose the 2020 election to former Vice President Joe Biden.
“Would they like to negotiate with Biden or anyone other than me? They would love it; this is their best dream in the world,” said Trump.