While the deadly coronavirus continues to tighten its grip on the world, co-founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma announced on March 16 that the first shipment of masks and test kits are being shipped to the United States from Shanghai. This gesture and the post of loaded trucks have been making rounds on the internet with most Americans pointing out that the Chinese business magnate is doing “more than President” of the US, Donald Trump. Most netizens also expressed heartfelt gratitude to Ma for doing something “more organised” than Trump whose administration has been widely criticised for “doing nothing”.
The first shipment of masks and coronavirus test kits to the US is taking off from Shanghai. All the best to our friends in America. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/LTn26gvlOl— Jack Ma (@JackMa) March 16, 2020
Thousands of internet users thanked Ma for standing in support with the US and said “help is on the way” while accused Trump administration of leaving the citizens “unprepared”. One of the Twitter users also applauded co-founder of Alibaba for setting a "fine example".
Thank you. You’re doing more for us than our president is.— sam (@samberinger) March 16, 2020
Thank you, sir! We here in America are forever grateful— Quarantined William LeGate (@williamlegate) March 16, 2020
Thank you! Our administration left America unprepared— Dominick Wilker (@DominickWilker) March 16, 2020
I feel like we’re now a third world country but your kinda is so appreciated. Gratitude 🙏🏽— AndreaG (@AndreaGil55555) March 16, 2020
Thank you so much— The Real Crusader (@kshaw58) March 16, 2020
So a Chinese Billionaire donated what we needed in a very critical time and our Billionaire's did....???? help me out somebody!!!
thank u king— Carbonara Virus (@ParkerKitHill) March 16, 2020
From the bottom of our hearts, the USA thanks you https://t.co/ISS8Z2bMFG. You are generous, kind, and we’re blessed to have someone like you looking out for Americans citizens🙏🙏— 🕯🏴☠️𝗣𝗘𝗧𝗘𝗥🏴☠️🕯#WhereAreTheTestKits (@apathetic_NY) March 16, 2020
At a time when the world could really use it, thank you for setting such a fine example to so many. Much respect.— yoni (@OriginalYoni) March 16, 2020
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump urged its citizens to “take it easy” and that “it will all pass” in a bid to calm the people who are panic buying and leaving aisles at supermarkets empty. While the US President made the comments on March 16 in a news conference at White House, the internet users were not seen impressed by the comments. Not only did the netizens point out the “disappointment” of Trump administration's handling of the crisis but some of them also posted images of empty markets and declining stocks, which do not fall in synergy with Trump's assurance that he has talked to maintain the production of the goods.
Trump said, “But you don’t have to buy so much. Take it easy. Just relax. People are going in and they’re buying more. I remember, I guess, during the conversation, Doug of Walmart said that they’re buying more than they buy at Christmas. Relax. We’re doing great. It all will pass.”