Perhaps as expected, certain Chinese state media mouthpieces have appeared gleeful and gloating upon the unprecedented news that President Trump and the First Lady have tested positive for COVID-19.
The editor-in-chief of the Chinese Community Party run Global Times, Hu Xijin, said in first reaction that the president and Melania "have paid the price" and further that it is sure to have a "negative impact" on his image and that of the United States.
The editor of the Global Times, China's hawkish state-owned tabloid, with a little schadenfreude this morning: https://t.co/WcbVpLZR9V— Blake News (@blakehounshell) October 2, 2020
The Global Times editor has long trolled the US over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic while simultaneously touting China's rapid and rigorous planned response which kept its numbers low compared to the population.
Yet the US administration has long attacked leaders in Beijing for early on downplaying it to the world, and not just that but outright lying about it when the seriousness of the novel virus and airborne spread became evident to Chinese health officials late last year into early 2020.
Thus what Trump repeatedly calls the "Chinese virus" (even in the debate) or in other instances "Wuhan virus" was entirely containable if Chinese communist authorities hadn't deceived the world during the earliest weeks and months, according to the administration.
So likely, the White House would point out that indeed it's Trump and much of the world that has "paid the price" for Beijing's ineptitude and deceit in not locking down borders earlier than it did.