Secretary of State Pompeo: ‘Enormous evidence’ COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China laboratory
Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State, said there is evidence that COVID-19 originated in a Chinese laboratory, located in the same city where the coronavirus first broke out at in Wuhan, China.
“I can tell you that there is a significant amount of evidence that this came from that laboratory in Wuhan,” stated Pompeo on Sunday on ABC’s 'This Week.' “These are not the first times that we’ve had a world exposed to viruses as a result of failures in a Chinese lab.”
Pompeo wouldn't say whether or not he believed that the coronavirus was an intentional release and/or bioweapon from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a high-quality lab that was conducting COVID-19 studies regarding animal-to-human transmission, and Chinese government.
“There’s enormous evidence that that’s where this began,” said Pompeo about the lab. “We have said from the beginning, that this was a virus that originated in Wuhan, China. We took a lot of grief for that from the outset. But I think the whole world can see now.”
Pompeo would go on to say, "Remember, China has a history of infecting the world," which could be a reference to the Communist Chinese Party's cover up of the early 2000's SARS outbreak.
The Secretary of State would also go on to say that China has "a history of running sub-standard laboratories" and "these are not the first times that we have had the world exposed to viruses as a result of failures in a Chinese lab.
A few days ago on April 30, President Donald Trump was asked if he had seen any evidence linking COVID-19 and the Wuhan lab, and Trump would assert that he did in fact see evidence: "Yes, yes I have," the president told reporters.
When asked about the details of the link between the virus and the Chinese lab, Trump would respond with, "I can't tell you that. I'm not allowed to tell you that." However, he would say it was possible that either Communist China couldn't stop the outbreak of the coronavirus or that the Chinese allowed it to spread intentionally.
[China] “behaved like authoritarian regimes do, attempted to conceal and hide and confuse,” said Pompeo on ABC. “It employed the World Health Organization as a tool to do the same.”
Pompeo would then point to Australia, New Zealand and some countries in Europe and their calls to investigate the Communist Chinese Party and how they handled COVID-19.
“I think the whole world is united in understanding that China brought this virus to the world,” Pompeo ended things off.