ATLANTA, United States (CNN) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on Sunday, reiterated his accusations to China that they had made efforts to conceal the extent of the emerging corona virus (Covid-19), including concealing medical supplies.
Pompeo said to ABC’s “This Week”, when asked if China had deliberately stored medical supplies in early January, while the severity of the epidemic has hidden: “I have come up with facts about the validity of this … We can confirm that the party The Chinese Communist did everything in his power to make sure that the world did not know at the appropriate time what was happening. “
Pompeo stated that some of the efforts made by the Communist Party of China were not seen, but others were overt, such as not allowing American doctors to enter laboratories in Wuhan, where the virus first appeared, and silenced scientists.
“President (Donald) Trump is very clear, we will hold officials accountable, and we will do it according to our own timetable,” Pompeo said.
Regarding Trump’s belief that he has a high degree of confidence that the virus originated in a laboratory in Wuhan, China, Pompeo said: “There is enormous evidence that this started from here. We said from the start that this virus originated in Wuhan, China. We took a lot of frowning on that from outside, but I think the whole world can see now. ” He also said: “There is a large amount of evidence that came from this laboratory in Wuhan.”
“The intelligence community also agrees with the broad scientific consensus that the Covid-19 virus was not manmade or genetically modified,” the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said in a report on Thursday.
Responding to a question about this conclusion, Pompeo said he agreed with her – although he also echoed Trump’s statement last week that he had seen evidence linking the outbreak to the Wuhan lab, which contrasted with the statement issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
The statement indicated that US intelligence was “carefully studying” whether the outbreak “through contact with infected animals or if it was the result of an accident in a laboratory in Wuhan.”
Pompeo added: “I have seen what the intelligence community has said. I have no reason to believe they were wrong.”
The American Secretary of State said: “This is a huge crisis caused by the fact that the Chinese Communist Party has returned to the misinformation and concealment that authoritarian regimes do. If these scientists were working in America, they would have proposed that, there would have been an exchange of ideas, and we would have quickly determined the types of things that Must be done. “
“Instead, China acted like authoritarian regimes, trying to hide, confuse and employ the World Health Organization as a tool to do the same thing … I think the whole world is united in that. China has brought this virus into the world,” Pompeo added.
And on whether China had deliberately launched the virus or had an accident, Pompeo declined to comment.