The pandemic was the result of incompetence or error on the Chinese side, US President Donald Trump said. He noted that he does not believe in the worldwide distribution of COVID-19 as the result of deliberate actions.
The COVID-19 pandemic was not the result of malicious intent or deliberate actions, but rather it arose from incompetence or error, President Donald Trump said in an interview with Fox News.
“They [China] did a terrible thing. I don’t think they did it on purpose, but it was probably done because of incompetence. It’s possible that it got out, and they didn’t know how to say it,” the US President said. According to him, Washington has repeatedly offered assistance to Beijing, but these offers were rejected.
Trump also repeated his accusations against the World Health Organization, to whose budget the US contributes almost $ 500 million annually. “I will soon make a statement on this issue because they are behaving like puppets of China. Everything that China does is good for them, even though they only get $ 38 million from it,” Trump continued.
Earlier, at a briefing at the White House, Trump said that the coronavirus pandemic in the world began because of the incompetence of Chinese virologists. “Something happened there. It was either someone’s terrible mistake or incompetence. Someone was stupid. They didn’t do the job properly,” the US President responded to a request for comment on the claim that COVID — 19 started spreading from the laboratory Of the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Trump has repeatedly accused China of trying to hide the scale of the threat after the epidemic began in the country. “I think they [the Chinese authorities] made a terrible mistake and didn’t want to admit it. We wanted to come [to China to investigate], but they didn’t want to let us in, even the World Health Organization didn’t want to let us in. They recognized this, but much later, not immediately. In my opinion, they made a mistake and tried to hide it, put it out like a fire, and failed to do so,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News on May 4.
According to him, the worst decision of the Chinese authorities was that “they banned entry to China, but did not ban exit [for their residents] to the United States and around the world.”
The US President also claimed that he has data that allows us to speak with a high degree of confidence about the artificial origin of the virus from a Chinese laboratory. The US national intelligence Agency reported that its experts agree with “a wide range of scientists” WHO rejects the version of the artificial origin of the coronavirus.
In mid-April, Fox News, citing several sources familiar with the decisions of the Chinese authorities and who have seen the relevant documents, reported that the first person infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection worked in one of the laboratories in China’s Wuhan. The virus “appeared in the laboratory, not as a biological weapon.” Still, as a result of China’s attempts to surpass the United States in the experience of detecting viruses and fighting them, the TV channel reported at the time.