China Mocks Trumps' COVID-19: They 'Have Paid the Price' for Coronavirus
Chinese Communist Party-run newspaper celebrates Donald & Melania's diagnosis
The Communist Party of China (CPC) has mocked the bombshell news that Donald and Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, declaring that the president and first lady "have paid the price" for coronavirus.
The statement was released via The Global Times - China's state-run propaganda outlet - shortly after news broke about the Trumps' diagnoses.
Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper and CPC mouthpiece, boasted about the news while suggesting President Trump was responsible for the global coronavirus pandemic.
He celebrated that the diagnosis revealed the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in the US and that Trump's illness would sabotage his campaign in the upcoming election.
Hu's mocking comment comes after President Trump confirmed the news early on Friday morning, tweeting: "Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19.
"We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!"
It comes as the president's top aide Hope Hicks also contracted the virus after traveling with Trump on Air Force One and Marine One multiple times over the last week, according to reports.
The Chinese senior journalist reacted to the news with jeers, claiming that President Trump and the first lady are paying for the price for downplaying the coronavirus pandemic.
He wrote in a tweet this morning: "President Trump and the first lady have paid the price for his gamble to play down the COVID-19.
"The news shows the severity of the US' pandemic situation.
"It will impose a negative impact on the image of Trump and the US, and may also negatively affect his reelection," Hu said.
The Chinese tabloid has repeatedly slammed Washington for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
It branded the US as a "barbaric and greedy" country that "doesn't care about humanitarianism" in an article published in June.
The newspaper also claimed that "the US government has failed its people and also failed the world."
Trump, who brought US markets to record highs, revealed he had the virus in a tweet shortly after midnight Eastern time on Friday.
The US president is 74 years old, putting him at a higher risk of serious complications from the virus.
A statement from the White House doctor said both the president and first lady are "well at this time" but did not say if either have symptoms.
If Trump becomes seriously ill, there are constitutional procedures that would allow Vice President Mike Pence to assume power temporarily, just weeks before the November 3 election.
But if Trump suffers mild or no symptoms, the president would be able to tout his recovery as evidence that the virus is a less grave threat than many believe.
Beijing and Washington have been in a war of words during which they have blamed each other for causing the coronavirus pandemic which has killed over one million people worldwide.
Tensions have also flared up between the two countries over the trade war, self-ruled Taiwan, and the disputed South China Sea.