‘Somebody Was Stupid’: Trump Doubles Down on Claims That COVID-19 Leaked From Wuhan Lab
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US President Donald Trump is standing by his previous conspiracy theory that the COVID-19 novel coronavirus was unleashed onto to the world following a possible mishap at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“Something happened,” Trump, referring to the virology lab, asserted to reporters on Thursday after being questioned about his unsubstantiated theory on COVID-19’s origin.
“Probably it was incompetence. Somebody was stupid,” he added amid a White House photo-op with Texas Governor Greg Abbott, as reported by the pool.
“China could have spared the world a descent into global economic malaise. They had a choice but instead – instead China covered up the outbreak in Wuhan,” Pompeo told reporters Wednesday.
Additionally, Trump has floated the idea of imposing tariffs against China as a response to their so-called mishandling of the novel coronavirus.
Furthermore, the World Health Organization, multinational intelligence alliance Five Eyes and the US Intelligence Community have issued statements in support of the dominant assessment that the novel coronavirus was not a product of a lab or manmade.