President Donald Trump is escalating his threats against the World Health Organization, telling the agency he will permanently pull US funding if it does not "commit to major substantive improvements in the next 30 days."
(CNN) President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the World Health Organization over the past week for being "China-centric" and failing to "objectively assess the situation on the ground and to call out China's lack of transparency" as the coronavirus death toll increases globally.
Trump's heightened rhetoric comes as he and his administration are facing scrutiny over their own handling of the pandemic, with early missteps that included downplaying the threat the virus posed and delays and shortages in coronavirus testing.
Although Trump has recently expressed some displeasure with China, his tough comments of late are a far cry from his past statements on the nation and its leader, Xi Jinping, whom he praised for his transparency and management of the outbreak.
Trump's stance contrasted with those of other senior members of the administration, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who have called out Beijing for its failures to share key information at the outset of the pandemic, hindering the global response and costing lives.
CNN identified at least 37 separate instances where Trump praised China since January, including one as recent as April 1. Here is a timeline of those remarks:
Joe Kernan Before we get started -- with- we're going talk about the economy and a lot of other things. The CDC has identified a case of coronavirus -- in Washington state. The Wuhan strain of this. If you remember SARS, that affected GDP. Travel-related effects. Do you -- have you been briefed by the CDC?
Trump I have
Kernan Are there worries about a pandemic at this point?
Trump No. Not at all. And we’re -- we have it totally under control. It's one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It's going to be just fine.
Kernan And President Xi -- there's just some talk in China that maybe the transparency isn't everything that it's going to be. Do you trust that we're going to know everything we need to know from China?
Trump I do. I do. I have a great relationship with President Xi. We just signed probably the biggest deal ever made. It certainly has the potential to be the biggest deal ever made. And -- it was a very interesting period of time. But we got it done, and -- no, I do. I think the relationship is very, very good.
Remarks at the Signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Washington, DC
“I think our relationship has never been better. We're very much involved with them, right now, on the virus that’s going around. We're working very closely. I spoke to President Xi. We're working very closely with China. And, honestly, I think, as tough as this negotiation was, I think our relationship with China now might be the best it's been in a long, long time.”
January 30Just received a briefing on the coronavirus in China from all of our GREAT agencies, who are also working closely with China. We will continue to monitor the ongoing developments. We have the best experts anywhere in the world, and they are on top of it 24/7! pic.twitter.com/rrtF1Stk78
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 30, 2020
Political rally in Des Moines, Iowa
“In fact, maybe, we've never had a better relationship and we're working with them very closely on the coronavirus. We're working with them very, very closely. We only have five people, hopefully, everything's going to be great. They have somewhat of a problem, but hopefully, it's all going to be great. But we're working with China, just so you know, and other countries very, very closely so it doesn’t get out of hand.”
United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement celebration speech in Warren, Michigan
“We've taken in billions and billions of dollars from China. Billions and billions of dollars from China. And then they agreed to sign the agreement. Now we're working very strongly with China on the coronavirus -- that's a new thing that a lot of people are talking about. Hopefully it won't be as bad as some people think it could be. But we're working very closely with them and with a lot of other people and a lot of other countries. And we think we have it very well under control. We have very little problem in this country at this moment -- five. And those people are all recuperating successfully. But we're working very closely with China and other countries, and we think it's going to have a very good ending for it. So that I can assure you.”
Fox News interview
Peter Doocy Speaking of health care, coronavirus, how concerned are you and do you believe what China is telling us about how bad it is?
Trump Well what I'm doing is we're dealing very closely with China. We'll be making certain announcements over the next 24 hours and 48 hours and we are in great shape. China is not in great shape right now, unfortunately. But they're working very hard. We'll see what happens. But we're working very closely with China and other countries.
Interview with Fox News
Sean Hannity Coronavirus. Disney's closed.
Hannity Movie theaters are closed. Hospitals are being built. I think we're now up to our eighth case in the United States. Um, how concerned are you?
Trump Well, we pretty much shut it down coming in from China. We have a tremendous relationship with China, which is a very positive thing. Getting along with China, getting along with Russia getting along with these countries --
Hannity Have you offered the Chinese President help with the coronavirus?
Trump Oh yeah, no we're offering them tremendous help. We have the best in the world for that. We've done a tremendous job in many other instances also on that even recently. No, no, we've offered China help, but we can't have thousands of people coming in who may have this problem, the coronavirus. So we're gonna see what happens, but we did shut it down, yes.
State of the Union Address
“Protecting Americans' health also means fighting infectious diseases. We are coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the coronavirus outbreak in China. My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.”
February 7....he will be successful, especially as the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone. Great discipline is taking place in China, as President Xi strongly leads what will be a very successful operation. We are working closely with China to help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2020
Press gaggle before boarding Marine One (at the White House)
Q Are you concerned that China is covering up the full extent of coronavirus?
Trump No. China is working very hard. Late last night, I had a very good talk with President Xi, and we talked about -- mostly about the coronavirus. They're working really hard, and I think they are doing a very professional job. They're in touch with World -- the World -- World Organization. CDC also. We're working together. But World Health is working with them. CDC is working with them. I had a great conversation last night with President Xi. It's a tough situation. I think they're doing a very good job.
Q Are you concerned about its potential impact on the global economy?
Trump I think that China will do a very good job.
Remarks at the North Carolina Opportunity Now Summit in Charlotte, NC
“I just spoke to President Xi last night, and, you know, we're working on the -- the problem, the virus. It's a -- it's a very tough situation. But I think he's going to handle it. I think he's handled it really well. We're helping wherever we can. But we have a great relationship. It's incredible.”
Address to the Governors’ Business Session at the White House
“And I think they're doing a good job on that, on the virus. I had a long talk with President Xi -- for the people in this room -- two nights ago, and he feels very confident. He feels very confident. And he feels that, again, as I mentioned, by April or during the month of April, the heat, generally speaking, kills this kind of virus. So that would be a good thing.”
Political rally in Manchester, NH
“Last month, we signed a groundbreaking trade agreement with China that will defeat so many of our opponents. The money that's pouring in, people don't even believe it. And by the way, the virus, they're working hard. Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away. I hope that's true. But we're doing great in our country. China, I spoke with President Xi, and they're working very, very hard. And I think it's going to all work out fine. Rough stuff, I tell you, rough, rough stuff. But I think it's going to work out good. We only have 11 cases, and they're all getting better.”
Fox Business Interview
Trish Regan President Xi, I know you spoke to him recently about coronavirus.
Trump I did.
Regan Some concerns that their economy is really going to tank because of this and that that could have a spillover effect here. What's your sense of their transparency right now, whether they're being more accommodating in terms of telling us what's going on and how it affects our economy?
Trump Well, I think China is very, you know, professionally run in the sense that they have everything under control. I really believe they are going to have it under control fairly soon. You know in April, supposedly, it dies with the hotter weather. And that's a beautiful date to look forward to. But China I can tell you is working very hard. We're working with them. You know, we just sent some of our best people over there, World Health Organization and a lot of them are composed of our people. They're fantastic. And they're now in China, and we're helping them out. We're in very good shape. We have 11 cases and most of them are getting better very rapidly. I think they'll all be better.
Geraldo Rivera Interview
Geraldo Rivera Mr. President, are you worried that the stock market and the big economic boom are in peril because of this coronavirus spreading epidemic and you know China's closing for business, they're not buying cars from Europe right now. They're -- everything -- everybody's in a panic. You've got those poor people stranded on that cruise ship in Japan. Are you worried about this virus affecting, I mean, obviously you're worried about the virus and people getting sick but what about the economy as you know is another victim of the –
Trump Well, we're working on it very closely. I spoke to President Xi two days ago. They're working on it very professionally. It's a problem, we think and we hope, based on all signs that the problem goes away in April because -- which is not too far down the road, because heat kills this virus, we think. Now we're going to find out, Geraldo, but we think, and they are having difficulty in China but they're working very, very hard. We're working with them. We're sending a lot of people and CDC has been great but it is -- it's a problem in China. Has not been spreading very much. And in our country, we only have, basically, 12 cases and most of those people are recovering and some cases fully recovered. So it's actually less. But --
Rivera Did the Chinese tell the truth about this?
Trump Well, you never know. I think they want to put the best face on it. So you know, I mean, if somebody -- if you were running it, you'd probably -- you wouldn't want to run out to the world and go crazy and start saying whatever it is because you don't want to create a panic. But, no, I think they've handled it professionally and I think they're extremely capable and I think President Xi is extremely capable and I hope that it's going to be resolved. Again, the April date is very important. But you know this is a big thing. The April date is very, very important because if that's the case, if heat does, in fact, kill that's when it starts getting hot and this virus reacts very poorly to heat and dies. So we'll see what happens.
Address to the National Border Patrol Council
“And I spoke with President Xi of China, and he's working very hard on this. It's a tremendous problem. But they're very capable and they'll -- they'll get to it. There's a theory that, in April, when it gets warm -- historically, that has been able to kill the virus. So we don't know yet; we're not sure yet. But that's around the corner, so that'll be a great thing in China and other places.”
Press gaggle at Joint Base Andrews
Q Mr. President, are you still satisfied with how President Xi is handling the coronavirus?
Trump I think President Xi is working very hard. As you know, I spoke with him recently. He's working really hard. It's a tough problem. I think he's going to do -- look, I've seen them build hospitals in a short period of time. I really believe he wants to get that done, and he wants to get it done fast. Yes, I think he's doing it very professionally. We're also working with him and helping him, as of the last few days, as you know.
Q Some people don't seem to trust the data coming out of China. Are you worried about that?
Trump Look, I know this: President Xi loves the people of China, he loves his country, and he's doing a very good job with a very, very tough situation.
Press conference in New Delhi
“But in the meantime, we're working with China very much on the virus. We feel that's something. And I have to tell -- I spoke to President Xi the other day. He is so committed to solving that problem. He is -- he is working very hard. He is very capable. The country is very capable. And it snuck up on him, but I think he's going to do well.”
White House coronavirus briefing
“China, you know about it, where it started. I spoke with President Xi. We had a great talk. He’s working very hard, I have to say. He’s working very, very hard. And if you can count on the reports coming out of China, that spread has gone down quite a bit. The infection seems to have gone down over the last two days. As opposed to getting larger, it’s actually gotten smaller. In one instance where we think we can be — it’s somewhat reliable, it seems to have gotten quite a bit smaller.”
Q Mr. President. Thank you, Mr. President. I want to get to China. At the beginning of this outbreak, the Chinese Communist Party covered it up. That has been — that has been the general consensus of everyone. How can you now legitimately trust President Xi and the Chinese —
Q — Communist regime? President Xi. And the Chinese Communist regime —
Trump Took me awhile to figure that one out.
Q — to be forthcoming and forthright with this pandemic?
Trump Well, I can tell you this: I speak to him; I had a talk with him recently. And he is working so hard on this problem. He is working so hard. And they’re very tough and very smart.
And it’s a significant — it’s a significant group of very talented people that are working. And they’re calling up Dr. Fauci. They’re calling up our people. We’re dealing with them. We’re giving them certain advice. We actually have — through World Health, we have them over there also. And we have a lot of our people making up that group that went over there.
No, he’s working very hard. It would be very easy for me to say, you know — it doesn’t matter what I say, really. I can tell you, he is working — I had a long talk with him the other night. He is working really, really hard. He wants it to go away from China and go away fast, and he wants to get back to business as usual. ...
Q Are you working with China right now?
Q And specifically, in what areas? Also, do you worry about the —
Trump We’re working with China. We just did the biggest trade deal in history. We did two of them. Between USMCA and the China deal, it’s the biggest in history. The relationship with China is a very good one. And I can tell you that, again, President Xi is working really hard. He wants this problem solved. As hard as you can work.
February 29Congratulations and thank you to our great Vice President & all of the many professionals doing such a fine job at CDC & all other agencies on the coronavirus situation. Only a very small number in US, & China numbers look to be going down. All countries working well together!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2020
White House coronavirus briefing
Q Thank you, Mr. President. You mentioned the drop of spread in China, the coronavirus cases. Is the US government considering evaluating similar measures in the US in case the situation gets worse?
Trump Some measures. We’ve been in very close contact with China, including myself with President Xi. He very much wanted this to happen. He wanted this to get out and finished and be done. He worked — he’s been working very, very hard, I can tell you that. And they’re making a lot of progress in China. You probably saw Starbucks are now opened again. You probably saw that — as I mentioned, Tim just came out and he said Apple is back to normal in terms of production in their facilities in China. They’ve made a lot of progress. ...
Q Thanks. Thank you very much, President. I’m just wondering what’s the communication with China look like right now. And does the experience and lessons coming from China will help the US dealing with the current situation?
Trump Well, I think our relationship with China is very good. We just did a big trade deal. We’re starting on another trade deal with China — a very big one. And we’ve been working very closely. They’ve been talking to our people, we’ve been talking to their people, having to do with the virus.
No, our relationship with China is very good. Maybe it’s closer because of what’s happened here, because it was — you know, in a certain way, this can bring the world closer, if you want to know. It can really do that.
Coronavirus briefing at the NIH
“We made an early decision based on a little bit of luck, I suspect, but that was the original decision on China itself. And China, in all fairness to them, they never blamed us. It was, you know, a tough decision for them, but they fully understood. They were very reasonable about it.”
“And we're getting along very well with China. We're dealing with China. President Xi, who I speak with, President Xi is working very, very hard in China. They have a big problem. But their numbers have gotten much better with respect, with respect to the coronavirus, very much better.”
Remarks during a tour of the CDC Headquarters in Atlanta
“We're working together with China. We're working together with everybody.” ...
“I mean, if we could find something that's beneficial, we want to give it to China like they're going to want to give it to us. China is working very closely with us.”
White House coronavirus briefing
Q I’m wondering how much confidence does this give you to control the virus in the United States. And do you see the data China has been sharing with the United States has been helpful?
Trump I think it has been helpful. We’ve been working very much with China. I’ve spoken, as you know, with President Xi. They went through hell, and their numbers are starting to look very good. They’re really — they’re really looking very good. We’re very happy about that. We are sharing data, yes. In fact, we’re sharing quite a bit of data, including the fact that some of our pharmaceutical companies are working over there right now with large groups of people. ...
Q My question is to Mr. President: Are you happy from the Chinese response? What correctly really told you — what really happened those days?
Trump And as far as President Xi — likewise, he’s a friend of mine. I believe that we are dealing in good faith. And we just worked to, as you know, and as I just said — we just worked an incredible deal. A big deal. One of the biggest deals ever made of any kind. Big even by the standards of some of the people here — the deal with China. But I think that they want to get to the bottom of things also.
White House coronavirus briefing
Q Mr. President, China has been in communication with the United States and also WHO about coronavirus —
Trump Right. That’s true.
Q — since January.
Trump That’s true.
Q And the US shuttered its border to travelers from China on February the 2nd. Also, Wuhan has been in lockdown since January the 24th, and this all happened almost two months ago. Why did you say if you could have known earlier? And also, you have been calling coronavirus —
Trump Well, I have to say this: We have — and I can speak for myself, but I have a very good relationship with China and with President Xi. I have great respect for President Xi. I consider him to be a friend of mine. It’s unfortunate that this got out of control. It came from China. It got out of control. Some people are upset. I know — I know President Xi. He loves China. He respects the United States. And I have to say, I respect China greatly and I respect President Xi.
White House coronavirus briefing
Q Since this story keeps popping up, when did you first learn that this was going to be a problem?
Trump Well, you know, when I learned, I started doing the closings. So, you know, probably around that time. We didn’t learn much. I think you’re going to ask a little bit about China responsibility. I do think that — again, I have great respect for China. I like China. I think the people of China are incredible. I have a tremendous relationship with President Xi.
I wish they could have told us earlier about what was going on inside. We didn’t know about it until it started coming out publicly, but I wish they could have told us earlier about it because we could have come up with a solution.
Tony Fauci and all of the people — the talent that we have — would have loved to have had three or four months of additional time, if you knew what this was going to be happening. They didn’t have that time. They read about in the newspapers like everybody else. China was very secretive, okay? Very, very secretive. And that’s unfortunate.
With that, I have great respect for that country. I have great respect for the leader of that country and like him. He’s a friend of mine. But I wish they were able to — I wish they would have told us earlier, Steve, that they were having a problem. Because they were having a big problem and they knew it, and I wish they could have given us an advanced warning. Because we could have done — we could have had a lot of things — as an example, some of the things that we’re talking about, where we order them as quickly as we can. If we had a two- or three-month difference in time, it would have been much better.
Q Can I follow up on that?
Q Because, as you were saying, China was extremely secretive about this. Several of your advisors have been warning — have been critical of China. Secretary Pompeo was talking about it yesterday and he had been saying so —
Q — for quite some time. So, why then, on January 24, did you tweet that “China has been working very hard to contain the coronavirus,” that “the United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well.”
Trump Because it’s true.
Q Why were you saying that, though?
Trump Because it’s true. China has worked very hard. China has lost thousands and thousands of people.
Q But you said they weren’t transparent, right?
Trump No, they weren’t transparent. They were transparent at that time, but when we saw what happened, they could have been transparent much earlier than they were.
White House coronavirus briefing
Q Thank you, Mr. President. I wanted to ask about China and President Xi. When was the last time you had a conversation with him?
Trump Well, I don’t want to exactly say that, but I have spoken to President Xi about this — specifically, about this. And, look, he doesn’t want this. This was — you know, this is not something that he wants, and — and it happened. It happened to China… But I’m a little upset with China, I’ll be honest with you, because as much as I like President Xi and as much as I respect the country and admire the country — I have great admiration for the country, what they’ve done in a short period of time. … But they should have told us about this. And I did ask him whether or not we could send some people, and they didn’t want that — out of pride. I think, really, out of pride. They don’t want — they don’t want us sending people into China, to help them. You know, China is a strong country. They have — they have their scientists and they have their doctors — very smart. A lot of people. And, you know, but I did discuss that about sending our people in. And, they didn’t really respond. We went again; they didn’t respond. If they went in, they would have been able to tell us — give us a much earlier indication.
Fox News interview
Sean Hannity We know this now as a fact. It's indisputable. They hid it. They lied about it. Mike Pompeo said China is still not being forthcoming, even went further. He also said Russia's not being forthcoming and Iran. We know the conspiracy theory that they've been pushing in -- in China against the United States. I know you -- you've said it different times you get along with President Xi. You have this new -- first part of this trade deal, $220 billion in two years. What do you -- what are you going to say about him and withholding information and -- and moving forward, why did they lie to us?
Trump Well, let's go back. First of all, you mentioned Russia, Russia's looking like they're having quite a bit of a problem and people weren't bringing that up with the whole thing with the virus. Iran, we know about that. That's been really, really bad. And we've offered -- offered them assistance. We have the greatest in the world. We have the greatest people at this kind of thing in the world. And with China, they said that some of our soldiers caused the problems. We're saying what soldiers? What are you talking about? It wasn't by him, I don't believe. But nevertheless, it got out there and I started calling it the Chinese virus. And everybody picked it up. And, you know, I'm not looking to do that. Look, it's better to have a good relationship. We have a great trade deal now, finally after many, many years. Should have been done by Obama, and by the way, previous administrations because nobody, nobody has ripped this country like China. You know, we were losing 4, 5 more than that $550 billion a year, every year to China. And this went back many, many years. So we now have a great piece of the trade deal. Now we'll start phase two. And that will be great, too. And we're taking in billions and billions of dollars a year in tariffs. And they're paying for it because they devalued their currency and other things. So I, you know, let's get along with China. Let's get along with Russia. If we can, we'll see if we can do something with Iran. We'll see. I mean, I think they want to make a deal. I think they -- if they don't they -- they've got a problem. But we'll see what happens.
March 27Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China. Discussed in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet. China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together. Much respect!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020
Remarks at the signing of the CARES Act
“Last night, I spoke to President Xi. We talked about the experience that they had in China and all of the things that have taken place. And we learned a lot. They've had a very tough experience, and they're doing well and he's doing well. President Xi is doing very well. But we learned a lot and we have great communication together. We're going to be sent great data from China -- things that happened that they see that -- you know, they've had a -- they've had an early experience, and we're getting all of that information. Much of it has already been sent. It was sent yesterday and sent to our scientists to study. So we'll have more on that also.”
White House coronavirus briefing
”So I had a great conversation with the President of China last night, pretty late in the night. It was fascinating to me. You know, they have a whole — it’s a different kind of a world. It’s a different form of government, to put it mildly.
”We talked for a long time. We talked for at least an hour, I guess. And one of the things I was asking him is, you know, when did you notice that this was happening? We talked about the whole concept: how it happened, when it happened, what was the most effective use. I mean, was it the fact that, you know, distance — was distance the best thing? We talked about everything.
”And he’s gotten and developed — because they’re ahead of us, from the standpoint of time. It happened there actually long before it happened here.
”By the way, it would have happened here a lot sooner had we not kept those people out — the Chinese people coming over to the country — had we not kept them out. But we talked about it because he’s had additional experience of having been much earlier.
”And he’s — he’s developed some incredible theories and all of that information is coming over here. It’s — a lot of it’s already come. The data — we call it “data.” And we’re going to learn a lot from what the Chinese went through.
”Our relationship with China is very good.”
Interview with Fox & Friends
Brian Kilmeade It turns out according to "The Washington Post," Russia, Iran, and China are going through a sophisticated disinformation campaign essentially blaming us around the world for our bad response and for actually causing the virus, using the same principles they used to infiltrate our 2016 election. We're the best at this. How long are we going to let these countries get away with that, and do we have a counter strategy like the truth to tell the rest of the world?
Trump Number one, you don't know what they're doing, and when you read it in "The Washington Post," you don't believe it. I don't. I believe very little what I see. I see stories in "The Washington Post" that are so fake –
Kilmeade Oh, I believe they're doing it.
Trump -- and they're so phony. I have stories that are such fake stuff, and that's number one. So I'd have to --
Kilmeade But Mr. President, did you know China -- did you know China's already done this?
Trump They do it and we do it and we call them different things. And you know, I make statements that are very strong against China, including the Chinese virus, which has been going on for a long time. I mean, I wouldn't say they were thrilled with that statement. Where they said our soldiers did it, they said our soldiers did it. I said, you mean the Chinese virus?
Kilmeade That's what I'm talking about.
Trump And all of a sudden they call and they say let's talk, let's talk nicely. Yeah, sure. That's -- hey, every country does it, but they build it up and to some -- we handle that and they probably handle it, but countries do that, and -- but when I read things in the Washington Post, I mean, I can tell you stories that they write that are just the opposite. They will do anything they can to hurt this presidency.
White House coronavirus briefing
“We really don’t know. I mean, yeah — look, how do we know whether if they underreported or reported however they report?
“But we had a great call the other night. We’re working together on a lot of different things, including trade. They’re buying a lot. They’re spending a lot of money and they’re giving it to our farmers. They’re paying our farmers for the product. So, you know, we’re going to — we’re going to continue that along.”
Q Yes. Thank you, Mr. President. Just going back to your conversation with President Xi, I’m wondering if you received an intelligence report that talked about the discrepancy in the numbers and if you addressed that with President Xi?
Trump We have not received that. But their numbers seem to be a little bit on the light side. And I’m being nice when I say that, relative to what we witnessed and what was reported.
But we discussed that with him — not so much the numbers, as what they did and how they’re doing. And we’re in constant communication with — I mean, I would say the biggest communication is myself and President Xi. The relationship is very good.
We have — look, they’re spending — they will be spending, when things even out — this is obviously a little bit of a hurdle, what’s happened over the last month. But they’ll be spending $250 billion, buying our product: $50 billion to the farmers alone, $200 billion to other things. They never did that before. So we have a great trade deal. And we’d like to keep it, they’d like to keep it, and the relationship is good.
As to whether or not their numbers are accurate, I’m not an accountant from China. Q Does this strain things at all, in terms of the trade deal? Trump No, because people just don’t know. People don’t know where did it come from. I think we all understand where it came from. And President Xi understands that. And we don’t have to make a big deal out of it.
We didn’t like the fact that they said it came from our soldiers. And they haven’t pursued that. It was — and that was a mid-level person said that. That was not a high-level person, so I assume. I will always assume the best. I’ll assume the high-level people didn’t know about it. It was a foolish statement.
So, look, the relationship with China is a good one, and my relationship with him is, you know, really good.