The President has said he has seen evidence the killer virus, which has caused destruction across his country, came from a Wuhan lab. US intelligence officials have been investigating how exactly the virus began. The US leader said he could not disclose why he has the confidence that the virus came from the lab.
Trump made the claims at a White House event on Thursday, when asked if he had seen evidence that gave him a “high degree of confidence” the virus came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“Yes, yes I have,” he said, declining to give specifics.
“I can’t tell you that. I’m not allowed to tell you that.”
The Chinese state-backed Wuhan Institute of Virology has dismissed the allegations, and other US officials have downplayed their likelihood. Most experts believe the virus originated in a market selling wildlife in Wuhan and jumped from animals to people.
Chinese authorities have said they do not know what the origin of the virus is.
They said it could have come from a wet market in Wuhan suggesting the virus could have jumped from bats to animals sold at the market last year.
The US has been the worst affected country with over 60,000 deaths and more than 30 more million left unemployed due to the pandemic.
President Trump has accused China of not wanting him to win in the elections later this year.
Trump has shown increasing frustration with China in recent weeks over the pandemic, which has cost tens of thousands of lives in the United States alone.
It also sparked an economic contraction and threatened his chances of re-election in November.
Trump said previously his administration was trying to determine whether the coronavirus emanated from the Wuhan lab.
This was following media reports it may have been artificially synthesized at a China state-backed laboratory or perhaps escaped from such a facility.
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Published at Thu, 30 Apr 2020 23:01:00 +0000