Presidential debate: Donald Trump blames ‘China plague’ for US economic woes

Presidential debate: Donald Trump blames ‘China plague’ for US economic woes

  • Among the six topics for discussion, as chosen by the debate organisers, were Covid-19, the US economy and ‘the Trump and Biden records’
  • Few American voters say they are undecided, and in many states voting has already started

US President Donald Trump used Tuesday’s first pre-election television debate to lay the blame for his country’s economic woes on China and recycle unsubstantiated claims that his challenger, Joe Biden, was beholden to China because of his son’s business dealings in the country.

“We built the greatest economy in history, we closed it down because of the China plague,” said Trump, using language that rights groups have condemned for fanning the flames of anti-Asian racism in the US.