German minister slams US response to Covid19: Report

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has termed the US way of handling of the coronavirus outbreak as too slow.

German Minister’s words are said to have expressed the latest sign of tensions between the two allies as they respond to the crisis. China took "very authoritarian measures, while in the US, the virus was played down for a long time," Maas said in an interview with Der Spiegel magazine in a preview sent to the media on Friday.

"These are two extremes, neither of which can be a model for Europe," he said, adding that he hoped the US would rethink its international relationships in light of the coronavirus crisis.

"Let's see to what extent the actions of the American government will lead to discussions in the US about whether the 'America First' model really works," he said.