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International relations

Trump warns China of possible consequences for pandemic

US president asks whether coronavirus was 'mistake' or 'done deliberately'

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House on April 18.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump warned China on Saturday that it should face consequences if it was "knowingly responsible" for the coronavirus pandemic, as he ratcheted up criticism of Beijing over its handling of the outbreak. "It could have been stopped in China before it started and it wasn't, and the whole world is suffering because of it," Trump told a daily White House briefing.

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