Donald Trump says ‘horrible mistake’ spread coronavirus amid Wuhan virus lab claims

Photo of Donald Trump next to photo of Xi Jinping
Donald Trump has angered China, whose president Xi Jinping is pictured right, by branding coronavirus ‘the Chinese virus’ (Pictures: AP) Donald Trump has declared he thinks coronavirus leaked because of a ‘horrible mistake’ days after saying he’d seen evidence of it originating in a Chinese virus lab. Asked at a virtual town hall session Sunday if he thought China had misled the world about the Covid-19 outbreak, Trump said: ‘Personally, I think they made a horrible mistake, and they didn’t want to admit it. We wanted to go in, but they didn’t want us there. they made a mistake, they tried to cover it, like a fire. ‘What they really treated the world badly on, they stopped people going into China, but they didn’t stop people leaving China and going all over the world I think they were embarrassed by the problem – very embarrassed. They allowed this to go into our country, other countries. This should never have happened. This virus should not have spread all over the world.’ Last week, Trump said he had seen evidence Covid-19 began spreading as a result of an accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. US intelligence officials say the virus was not man-made or genetically engineered, and that they are continuing to investigate its origin. At Sunday’s question and answer session at the Lincoln Memorial, Trump told Fox News his administration would publish a ‘conclusive report’ of its theory on how Covid-19 began in the near future.

Last month, Fox News White House Correspondent put a similar theory to Trump, with the president refusing to deny sources claims that an unnamed intern at the virus lab had been contaminated with the virus, and that she began spreading it after visiting the nearby Wuhan wet market. The Wuhan Institute of Virology received US funding, and sparked concern in 2018 after a visiting American expert saw evidence of potentially dangerous experiments being performed related to bat-related coronaviruses. Covid-19 is widely believed to have originated in bats, with that researcher wiring Washington DC to warn them safety procedures at the virus lab were poor.

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