State-run media in China has accused U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of "bluffing" after he said that “enormous evidence” exists that proves coronavirus originated in a lab in Wuhan, China.
On Sunday, ABC News anchor Martha Raddatz asked Pompeo if he has “seen anything that gives you high confidence” that coronavirus originated in a lab.
“There is enormous evidence that that’s where this began. We’ve said from the beginning that this was a virus that originated in Wuhan, China. We took a lot of grief for that from the outside, but I think the whole world can see now,” Pompeo said. “Remember, China has a history of infecting the world and they have a history of running substandard laboratories.”
"These are not the first times that we’ve had a world exposed to viruses as a result of failures in a Chinese lab. And so while the Intelligence Community continues to do its work, they should continue to do that and verify so that we are certain, I can tell you that there is a significant amount of evidence that this came from that laboratory in Wuhan."
On Monday, the Global Times wrote that the secretary of state was “sacrificing his credibility as a politician” and "reckless pursuit" to deflect from the poor response that the United States has had to the coronavirus pandemic.
"If Washington has solid evidence, then it should let research institutes and scientists examine and verify it. Another option would be to have intelligence agencies release a detailed report on the origin of the virus, which would help the White House keep its fabrications moving forward," the Times wrote. "Washington has chosen not to pursue either of those options and instead is utilizing a politician like Pompeo to bluff US society with so-called 'enormous evidence'."
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