WASHINGTON  – There should be consequences for China if it was “knowingly responsible” for the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. President Donald Trump said Saturday.

Speaking at White House coronavirus task force news conference, Trump lamented worldwide suffering from the virus.

“If it was a mistake, a mistake is a mistake. But if they were knowingly responsible, yeah, then there should be consequences,” said Trump.

The pandemic “could have been stopped in China. Before it started and it wasn’t. And the whole world is suffering because of it,” he added.

Asked if he would be angry at Beijing, Trump said he might

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