Neither President Trump nor his secretary of state have produced any evidence. President Donald Trump also stated that he had seen evidence supporting this theory during a press briefing at the White House.
Pressed to elaborate on what exactly he had seen, the President stonewalled.
When the interviewer pointed out that was not the conclusion of United States intelligence agencies, Pompeo backtracked. But confidence is high among 70-75% of the agencies.
"China has a history of infecting the world".
The secretary added the country has a history of running substandard labs. Chinese officials in Wuhan, where the novel virus was first discovered, initially suppressed information about the outbreak, even detaining doctors who attempted to inform the public.
In the interview with ABC, he says thus, that today there are "essential" and "massive" evidence that the virus originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.
Trump has increasingly taken to blaming China for the outbreak and says there is proof it started in a Chinese laboratory.
His answer was an explosive one.
Most experts believe the virus originated in a market selling wildlife in Wuhan and jumped from animals to people.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Image Getty
As the presidential election approaches, instead of adjusting the containment measures against the pandemic and responding to people's concerns, politicians like Pompeo have discarded any attempt to disguise their motives by walking down a path that overhypes issues related to China and diverts the attention of its dissatisfied electorate.
The report is from the intelligence-sharing alliance of the five leading English-speaking countries, the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada called China's shady handling of the virus "an assault on worldwide transparency".
"That's right, I agree with that", he said. I don't comment on individual bulletins, what I have and haven't seen.
But he went further than Trump, in citing "significant" and "enormous" evidence that the virus originated in the Wuhan lab. "My opinion is they made a mistake".
"Certainly it could have been stopped".
"I just can't say anything about that", he said. "I think they were embarrassed by the problem, very embarrassed".
The US president has said that by playing down the gravity of the virus early this year and failing to fully cooperate with global investigators, Beijing put lives at risk around the world.
That tied into Mr Pompeo's broader critique of China's opaque response to the pandemic, which he characterised as a cover-up. There's lots of evidence of that.
"What they really treated the world badly, they prevented people from entering China, but they did not prevent people from leaving China and going all over the world". All the kinds of things that authoritarian regimes do. This time, a United States intelligence report claims the communist Chinese government "intentionally concealed the severity" of the pandemic in a blatant effort to hoard imported medical supplies needed to combat the disease while limiting its own exports of these items. "That created enormous risk".
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