President Trump praised Chinese President Xi Jinping early Friday for “leading the counterattack” against the coronavirus, saying the leader was leading “what will be a very successful operation.”
“He is strong, sharp and powerfully focused on leading the counterattack on the Coronavirus. He feels they are doing very well, even building hospitals in a matter of only days,” the president said on Twitter after speaking by telephone with Xi.
“Nothing is easy, but he will be successful, especially as the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone,” Trump continued.
“Great discipline is taking place in China, as President Xi strongly leads what will be a very successful operation. We are working closely with China to help!”
White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a tweet about the phone call that “President Trump expressed confidence in China’s strength and resilience in confronting the challenge of the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak.”
Xi said Beijing is doing everything it can to fight the outbreak, according to the state-owned broadcaster CCTV.
″(Xi said) we have full confidence and full ability to overcome the epidemic. The long-term good prospects of China’s economic development will not change,” according to CCTV.
As of Friday morning, the death toll from coronavirus stood at 636, with the total number of confirmed cases rising to 31,161.
New York Post