Trump Slams China for Dumping 'Millions of Tons of Plastic & Trash Into the Oceans'
President demands Chinese Communist Party held 'accountable' for 'rampant pollution'
President Donald Trump has slammed China during his address at the United Nations, accusing the Chinese Communist Party of dumping "millions of tons of plastic and trash into the oceans" and causing "rampant pollution."
The president tore into China over a number of global issues in a virtual speech at the UN, also blaming the Chinese government for infecting the world with COVID-19.
"We must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague unto the world," President Trump said.
Trump delivered his speech at the UN General Assembly meeting via video from the White House - the first time the event featured traditional leader speeches delivered remotely.
Trump highlighted that China "condemned my travel ban on their country" even as it "locked citizens in their home" to combat the coronavirus which originated in Wuhan in late 2019.
"The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions," Trump declared.
President Trump then broadened his criticisms on China's environmental record.
China "dumps millions and tons of plastic and trash into the oceans," over-fishes in "other countries' waters," and "destroys vast swaths of coral reef," he explained.
Trump told other nations at the UN General Assembly: "Only when you take care of your own citizens, will you find a true basis for cooperation."
In his own remarks, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, aka "Tropical Trump," railed against a "disinformation" campaign about environmental destruction.
"We are victims of one of the most brutal disinformation campaigns about the Amazon and the Pantanal wetlands," Bolsonaro said.
"The Brazilian Amazon is well known to be very rich.
"That explains why international institutions support such campaigns based on ulterior interests, joined by self-serving and unpatriotic Brazilian associations, with the objective of harming the government and Brazil itself," he said in video remarks.
Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Chinese President Xi Jinping will all appear by video link at the first-ever virtual United Nations General Assembly meeting this week.
The UN virtual event will feature several world leaders making pre-recorded speeches, likely to focus greatly on the world-wide coronavirus pandemic.
After Monday's introductory session marking the U.N.'s 75th anniversary, the meeting's central event - speeches from each of its 193 member nations - started Tuesday.
They traditionally serve as a platform for countries to tout accomplishments, seek support, stoke rivalries, and express views on global priorities.