Trump says he has seen evidence coronavirus came from Wuhan lab

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Donald Trump claimed on Thursday he has seen evidence that the coronavirus originated from a medical laboratory in the Wuhan province in China, and threatened to slap new tariffs on the Asian economic power.

World | The Independent

Donald Trump claimed on Thursday he has seen evidence that the coronavirus originated from a medical laboratory in the Wuhan province in China, and threatened to slap new tariffs on the Asian economic power.

The president this week has ramped up his criticism of Beijing after spending several weeks only suggesting Chinese leaders knew the novel virus had gone public in their country. He also on Thursday questioned why China allowed people to leave and travel around the globe when they knew some likely had contracted Covid-19.

Asked if he is suggesting China intentionally allowed the virus to spread, which could be considered a hostile act, Mr Trump would not rule out that he is close to such a conclusion.

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"We're going to see where it is. We're going to see where it comes from," he said.

The Trump administration has launched an intelligence community probe seeking information on what Chinese officials knew and when – and what the World Health Organisation knew. His administration also wants to know if both entities covered up what they did know.

Asked directly if he has seen evidence that the virus originated at a virology clinic in Wuhan, the president replied: "I can't tell you that. I'm not allowed to tell you that."

But he promised his administration will release conclusions from their investigation.

Earlier in the day, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a statement saying US intel officials have concluded the disease is not man-made.

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