US President Donald Trump announced that he may seek compensation from China over the outbreak of COVID-19 which started in the Chinese city of Wuhan and spread around the world.

Iran Press/America: "We are not happy with China," Trump said at a White House briefing on Monday. "We are not happy with that whole situation because we believe it could have been stopped at the source.”

"It could have been stopped quickly and it wouldn't have spread all over the world," he said, as reported by France24.

"There are a lot of ways you can hold them accountable," Trump said. "We're doing some very serious investigations as you probably know."

Trump was asked about a recent German newspaper editorial which called on China to pay Germany $165 billion in reparations because of economic damage done by the virus.

Asked if the US would consider doing the same, the US president said: "We can do something much easier than that."

"Germany is looking at things, we are looking at things," he said. "We are talking about a lot more money than Germany's talking about."

"We haven't determined the final amount yet," Trump said. "It's very substantial.

"This is worldwide damage," he said. "This is damage to the US, but this is damage to the world."

Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. more than 1 million people have been tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the US, while the death number has passed 56,000 people.

According to a recent poll in the US, 52 percent of those surveyed said they do not trust what the president has been telling them about the health crisis.


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