While the U.S. intelligence community said it had concluded the coronavirus was not human-made, it added that it would continue to investigate if the outbreak started from contact with infected animals or from "an accident" at the Wuhan lab.
The statement added: "As we do in all crises, the Community's experts respond by surging resources and producing critical intelligence on issues vital to USA national security". Pompeo said: "While the intelligence community continues to do its work, they should continue to do that and verify so that we are certain".
When the reporter said yes, Trump continued: "No, we're going to see where it is. Those statements can both be true", the former Central Intelligence Agency chief told a State Department news conference when pressed on his statements. "China could have spared the world descent into global economic malaise", Pompeo told a State Department news conference. Happy to try to answer it again.
Trump was asked last week if he had seen evidence that gave him a "high degree of confidence" that the virus came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and replied that he had, although he declined to give specifics. While there is no proof (yet) that the virus may have been inadvertently released from one of the two biological research laboratories located at Wuhan, there is evidence that viral release has occurred in the past, and a host of additional data that point to a laboratory connection. "The reality of this came from Wuhan". Every one of us stares at this and knows the reality.
"This matter should be handled by scientists and professionals instead of politicians out of their domestic political needs".
An April 30 statement by the US intelligence community said it "concurs with the wide scientific consensus that the COVID-19 virus was not manmade or genetically modified", but continues to investigate "whether the outbreak began through contact with infected animals or if it was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan".
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The UK believes it is highly likely the strain of coronavirus behind the global pandemic first passed from animals to humans naturally unconnected to a laboratory, Sky News understands.
He noted Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's call for an independent investigation into the origin of the outbreak. We know this virus came from Wuhan, China.
Pompeo has repeatedly said the US has not received access to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where he claims the deadly virus originated, and has lambasted China's ruling party for its lack of transparency.
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro responded Tuesday to reports that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has launched a campaign to silence coronavirus survivors and families who have lost loved ones during the pandemic as part of its effort to control the narrative surrounding the virus and its true origins.
"It's not only that they didn't enforce. the World Health Organization needs to still demand that there be an investigation", Pompeo said.
This article has been updated with additional comments from Pompeo and background.