Chinese State Media Calls Out Mike Pompeo's 'Bluffing' Over Coronavirus Origin Claims

Chinese State Media Calls Out Mike Pompeo's 'Bluffing' Over Coronavirus Origin Claims

Chinese State Media Calls Out Mike Pompeo's 'Bluffing' Over Coronavirus Origin Claims

President Donald Trump's political opponents have accused him of lashing out in China, a geopolitical foe but crucial USA trade spouse, to divert criticism in the home. Trump said the same day that he was confident it may have originated in a Chinese virology lab, but he declined to describe the evidence.

"This (coronavirus epidemic - Ed.) Could have been stopped in China before it began, but it has not been done, and now the whole world is suffering because of this", Trump said.

Trump had previously speculated that China may have unleashed the coronavirus due to some kind of disgusting "mistake". "And I think the World Health Organization (WHO) should be ashamed of themselves because they're like the public relations agency for China".

Italy - second only to the United States in its COVID-19 death toll - was gingerly emerging into the spring sunshine on Monday, with construction sites and factories getting back to work.

Trump also said on Sunday that he believed that a "mistake" in China was the cause of spreading coronavirus pandemic, though he did not present any evidence for the claim.

"I had a very good relationship", Trump said.

- We do not know whether it comes from the institute for virology in Wuhan.

During an interview with ABC's This Week, Mr Pompeo said: "There is a significant amount of evidence that this came from that laboratory in Wuhan".

Editor's note: The following article is taken from the Chinese-language opinion column "The Real Point".

The first confirmed U.S. COVID-19 case was identified on January 20 in a man that had returned to Snohomish County, Washington on January 15 from Wuhan, China.

- It is not the first time that the world has been exposed to viruses because of mistakes in a chinese laboratory, he says.

Most experts believe the virus came from a market that sells wildlife in Wuhan and has jumped from animals to people. If you click on them we may earn a small commission.

Meanwhile, Canadian media have reported the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, as saying that it is "too early to draw firm conclusions", about the theory that the coronavirus originated in a Chinese laboratory.

His comments echo those of US President Donald Trump who said this week he had seen evidence linking the Wuhan lab to the contagion, without giving further details.

The pandemic, which has infected more than 3.5 million worldwide, has shined new light on Communist China's critical role in the supply chain for generic drugs in the U.S., as well as medical equipment and food supplies.

The report also alleges that China participated in a vast coverup, downplaying the outbreak around the world while scrambling to bury all traces of the disease domestically, including bleaching wet market stalls, suppressing the growing evidence of asymptomatic carriers of the virus and stalling sample requests from other countries.

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