US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — US President Donald Trump in an interview with Fox News said the United States will present a “convincing” report on how, according to their version, the COVID-19 virus appeared. Before that, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said that Washington has evidence of the origin of coronavirus from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
US President Donald Trump said that Washington will present a “convincing” report on how, according to the American authorities, the coronavirus appeared. Trump said this in an interview with Fox News in response to a question about evidence that the appearance of the virus is associated with research in a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
“Personally, I think that they (the Chinese authorities) made a terrible mistake, they tried to hide it,” Trump said.
On Sunday, May 3, the Associated Press reported with reference to a report by the Department of Homeland Security that Washington believes that the Chinese authorities concealed the scale of the coronavirus epidemic in early January. A U.S. Department of Homeland Security document noted that while downplaying the severity of the epidemic in its early weeks, China increased imports and reduced exports of medical supplies. The report notes that Beijing did not inform the World Health Organization that the virus was transmitted from person to person almost all of January.
The fact that the United States has “a large amount of evidence” of the origin of COVID-19 in the Wuhan laboratory was discussed on May 3 by the head of the US State Department, Michael Pompeo. “This is not the first time that the world has been confronted with viruses as a result of disruptions in the Chinese laboratory,” he emphasized on ABC.
At the same time, in an official statement by the director of the US National Intelligence on April 30, it was said that the US intelligence community agrees with a wide scientific consensus that the COVID-19 virus was not created by humans. At the same time, the statement emphasized that intelligence agencies will continue to study whether the coronavirus epidemic began as a result of human contact with an animal or because of an accident in a laboratory in Wuhan.
The intensification of friction between Washington and Beijing over the origin of coronavirus is taking place against the background of the ongoing epidemic in the USA, which are leaders in both the number of cases of the disease and the number of deaths. As of the morning of May 4, the United States recorded 1.16 million cases of the disease and 67,680 deaths. In total, 3.56 million patients with coronavirus and 247,500 who died from it were registered in the world.
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