US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was “huge evidence” that COVID-19 came from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, and that the Chinese government had made great efforts to intentionally conceal the severity of the epidemic.
Pompeo told ABC News on Sunday that he agreed with President Donald Trump’s recent remarks that he had great confidence that the coronavirus came from Wuhan’s laboratory. He asked viewers to remember that “China has a history of infecting the world” in addition to maintaining “substandard” labs. The secretary of state said that US intelligence officials continue to investigate China’s role in the spread of the coronavirus, but added “that there is significant evidence that it comes from this Wuhan laboratory.”
ABC News ‘ This week Host Martha Raddatz asked Pompeo if US intelligence officials believed China “intentionally concealed the seriousness of COVID-19” from the international community in addition to stockpiling medical supplies, including masks. Pompeo went on to suggest that COVID-19 was “artificial” but did not provide details.
“We can confirm that the Chinese Communist Party has done everything it can to ensure that the world is not informed in a timely manner of what is going on,” said Pompeo. “We saw the fact that they expelled the journalists. We have seen the fact that those who tried to report on this, health professionals in China, have been silenced. They closed the reports. “
When asked if he thought the Chinese were behind the intentional creation of the virus, Pompeo replied, “Look, the best experts so far seem to think it was created by the man. I have no reason not to believe this at this point. “
“There is huge evidence that this is where it started. We said from the start that it was a virus that came from Wuhan, China. We have taken great pains for this from the start. But I think the whole world can see it now, “continued Pompeo. “I can tell you that there is a significant amount of evidence that this comes from this Wuhan lab. “
The office of the director of national intelligence issued a statement last week saying that the virus originated in China and that the Chinese Communist Party had proactively stockpiled medical supplies before COVID-19 spread internationally .
Earlier in the interview, Pompeo repeatedly refused to answer specific questions about what US intelligence officials knew about the health of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Pompeo only said he is not “Not without precedent” that Kim has been out of public view for long periods of time and appears to be “alive and well”.
Trump said last week