Trump WILL disclose virus origin after claiming it was a China mistake – The Sun

TRUMP will disclose the origins of the coronavirus, which the government suspects emerged from a Wuhan laboratory, and urged China to to be transparent.

"We will be reporting very definitively over a period of time," the president said to reporters before departing for a trip to Arizona.

"We want them to be transparent. We want to find out what happened so it never happens again."

On Sunday, secretary of state Mike Pompeo said there was "a significant amount of evidence that [the virus] came from that laboratory in Wuhan".

Asked by ABC news reporters whether he thought the virus was released accidentally or on purpose, he said: "I can't answer your question about that because the Chinese Communist Party has refused to cooperate with world health experts."

Several outlets loyal to the Chinese Communist Party ran articles on Monday critical of the remarks.

The Xinhua news agency branded Pompeo "one of the worst secretaries of the state in American history".

State broadcaster CCTV ran a segment under the heading: "Evil Pompeo is wantonly spewing poison and spreading lies."

"The so-called "virus leaked from a Wuhan lab" hype is a complete and utter lie," it said.

The Chinese regime has faced criticism for early attempts to play down or cover up the crisis, but there is so far no evidence to suggest the virus originated in a lab.

Trump has previously claimed the coronavirus outbreak was the result of a "horrible mistake" in China.

The president believes the Chinese communist regime then tried to cover up their Covid-19 blunder — but "couldn't put out the fire".

In a Fox News interview within the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, Trump was asked whether there was enough evidence that China had misled the world about the deadly virus.

He replied: "Personally, I think they made a horrible mistake, and they didn’t want to admit it.

"We wanted to go in, but they didn’t want us there. They made a mistake, they tried to cover it, like a fire… They couldn’t put out the fire."

He said the US government was now putting together a “strong” report on the origins of the virus, and how the Wuhan Institute of Virology could well have been involved.

The report, he promised, would be "very conclusive".

In an interview with National Geographic published yesterday, Dr Anthony Fauci, a leading member of the White House's coronavirus task force and a world-leading expert on infectious diseases, rubbished the claims.

“If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats and what's out there now, [the scientific evidence] is very, very strongly leaning toward this could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated," he said.

"Everything about the stepwise evolution over time strongly indicates that [this virus] evolved in nature and then jumped species."

The Guardian also quoted sources from the Five Eyes intelligence network and saying there is "nothing to indicate a leak from the lab could have caused the pandemic".

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