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Coronavirus: Trump says China wants him to lose re-election


US President Donald Trump has said China "will do anything they can" to form him lose his re-election bid, stepping up his criticism of Beijing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a White House interview with Reuters press agency , he said Beijing faced a "lot" of possible consequences from the US for the outbreak.

He said China should have let the planet realize the contagion much sooner.

A spokesperson for China's foreign ministry has denied the allegations.

Geng Shuang said China saw the US election as an indoor issue, and said he hoped US politicians would stop using China in their domestic politics.

Mr Trump himself is usually accused of not doing enough to tackle the crisis.

The coronavirus has ravaged a formerly humming US economy that had been the president's main point for his re-election campaign in November.

Mr Trump, who has waged a trade war with China, offered no specifics about how he might act against Beijing.

He told Reuters: "There are many things I can do. We're trying to find what happened."

Mr Trump added: "China will do anything they will to possess me lose this race."

The Republican president said he believes Beijing wants his likely Democratic challenger Joe Biden to win in November's election.

Mr Trump also said he's sceptical of knowledge indicating Mr Biden would win.

"I do not believe the polls," the president said. "I believe the people of this country are smart. and that i don't think that they're going to put a person in who's incompetent."

US media reported earlier within the day that Mr Trump had erupted at political advisers last Friday evening about internal polling that showed him losing in critical states.

His aides have doubts about whether Mr Trump will win crucial battlegrounds like Florida, Wisconsin and Arizona, while a number of his re-election team have about given up hope of success in Michigan, consistent with the Associated Press press agency .

"I'm not losing to Joe Biden," Mr Trump reportedly said, inserting an expletive, during a call with campaign officials.

The US president also reportedly snapped at his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, who had called in from Florida.

He cursed at Mr Parscale and at one point mentioned suing him, consistent with CNN and therefore the Washington Post, though it's unclear how serious was his threat of action .

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