Although President Trump would not elaborate on the source of his evidence, he appeared confident the coronavirus can be directly linked to a lab in Wuhan. When confronted by reporters about receiving information about the link, Trump responded: “Yes, I have.” He added, “I think that the World Health Organization should be ashamed of themselves because they’re like the public relations agency for China.”
When pressed on his firm position that the virus was associated with a lab, Trump responded “I can’t tell you that. I am not allowed to tell you that.” We previously reported that the White House sent a “tasking” to the National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, and CIA sects to investigate what the World Health Organization knew about two specific labs in Wuhan, China that was studying coronaviruses.
In a joint public statement released from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Thursday, United States intelligence agencies revealed “the entire Intelligence Community has been consistently providing critical support to U.S. policymakers and those responding to the COVID-19 virus, which originated in China. The Intelligence Community also concurs with the wide scientific consensus that the COVID-19 virus was not manmade or genetically modified.”
Intelligence agencies also spoke to the origins, saying “The IC [Intelligence community] will continue to rigorously examine emerging information and intelligence to determine whether the outbreak began through contact with infected animals or if it was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan.”
I think that the World Health Organization should be ashamed of themselves because they’re like the public relations agency for China.
Trump didn’t specify thoughts on whether the virus was manmade but said China has been “somewhat transparent” on the investigation of the origins alluding to the fact that Beijing may have “made a mistake.” The Washington Post reported Thursday that the Trump administration is assessing retaliatory actions against China. However, some officials are advising caution to the President to wait until the pandemic “subsides” since China is a “key source of medical supplies.”
Officials “reportedly discussed canceling U.S. debt obligations to China. It was unknown if the president was in favor of this proposal” according to The Hill. Last week President Trump did say in a news conference that the United States will likely seek “hundreds of billions of dollars in damages” and that he and his administration are considering addiction actions.