President Donald Trump said he saw documents that helped him believe that the Covid-19 virus came from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
US President Donald Trump said on April 30 that he was confident that the corona virus originated in a Chinese laboratory, according to CNBC.
When asked by a White House reporter about the origin of the virus, the president said: “You can hear a lot of different things about the origin of the virus, three or four different explanations.”
“We should have the answer to this in the near future and that will greatly determine how I feel about China,” Mr. Trump said.
Later, Mr. Trump was asked by a reporter, “Do you see anything that gives you high confidence at this time, that Wuhan Institute of Virology is the origin of this virus?”.
“Yes, I do,” Mr. Trump said.
“I think the World Health Organization (WHO) should be ashamed of itself because it resembles China’s public relations agency,” Mr. Trump added, and implied that WHO was covering China.
“WHO should not make excuses when others make terrible mistakes, especially those that kill hundreds of thousands of people around the world,” Trump said.
When asked whether he implies that the virus is not of a natural origin, Mr. Trump said “no”.
“We will see where it is, where it comes from, the lab or the bats and what kind of bats. There are a lot of theories, ”Mr. Trump said. “We are actively considering this by the science and intelligence circles.”
But when asked what made Mr. Trump so confident that the virus originated in the Wuhan laboratory, Mr. Trump declined to answer.
“I cannot tell you that. I am not allowed to tell you that, ”Mr. Trump said.
Meanwhile, the Office of the US National Intelligence Director (DNI) said the intelligence community did not believe the corona virus was artificial.
“The intelligence community also agrees with the widespread belief in the scientific community that the Covid-19 virus has not been created or altered by humans,” Guardian said in a statement released by DNI Office.
“The intelligence community will continue to test new information and intelligence to determine whether the epidemic began due to contact with infected animals or as a result of a laboratory accident in Wuhan “.
Earlier, on the same day, April 30, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said, “China strongly protests the efforts of a number of US politicians, including officials from the Department of Defense, to appeal.” bad China since the Covid-19 outbreak. “
On April 27, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said there was “no conclusive evidence that the virus originated from China and warned that the” political plan “follows the appeal. an independent investigation of the origin of the virus will not succeed “.
Before Trump spoke on April 30, the New York Times reported that senior officials in the government had “urged US intelligence agencies to hunt down evidence for allegations that the Wuhan laboratory was where disease began. “