At a Thursday press briefing President Trump said he has personally seen evidence that seems to indicate that the coronavirus started in the now infamous Wuhan virology lab in China. Information has also been recently revealed that the Chinese economy has fallen in the first quarter of 2020 to a worse level than the U.S. economy did in the same period.
When the president was asked by reporters if he had seen evidence linking the virus to the Wuhan lab, he said, “Yes, I have,” he added-but went no further, “And, I think that the World Health Organization should be ashamed of themselves because they’re like the public relations agency for China.”
He then spoke of his impression of Chinese actions, “So far I think China is trying to be… somewhat transparent with us, but we’re going to find out,” the president said. “It’s a terrible thing that happened. Whether they made a mistake or whether it started off as a mistake and then they made another one or did somebody do something on purpose.”
Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell said Thursday that a probe is ongoing into Chinese actions related to the virus, “The entire Intelligence Community has been consistently providing critical support to U.S. policymakers and those responding to the COVID-19 virus, which originated in China. The Intelligence Community also concurs with the wide scientific consensus that the COVID-19 virus was not man-made or genetically modified.”
Not man-made. That means not a bioweapon gone awry. Yes, this is not a movie.
Said Grenell, “As we do in all crises, the Community’s experts respond by surging resources and producing critical intelligence on issues vital to U.S. national security. The IC will continue to rigorously examine emerging information and intelligence to determine whether the outbreak began through contact with infected animals or if it was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan.”
In related news, China’s economy contracted by 6.8 percent in the first quarter of 2020. That’s 2% higher than U.S. economic damage from the virus. The first quarter U.S. economic contraction stands at a serious 4.8%.