On Thursday, President Donald Trump claimed he has seen evidence that gave him a “high degree of confidence” that the coronavirus originated in a Wuhan laboratory, but when asked to show the proof, he refused to provide details, according to CNN.
“Yes,” Trump said when asked if he has seen evidence that pointed to the lab as the origin of the virus. But when asked why he was confident in such an assessment, Trump said, “I can’t tell you that. I’m not allowed to tell you that.”
Trump’s remarks, however, contradicted a public statement made by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which stated that no such assessment of Wuham laboratory was made, and that the efforts are concentrated on how to “rigorously examine” whether the outbreak “began through contact with infected animals or if it was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan.”
Trump said on Thursday that there were “a lot of theories” that he would assess, but he hoped that Beijing would be forthcoming with the virus’ origin instead.
“China may tell us,” he said.