US President Donald Trump attempted to discredit his own intelligence services when he said he’d found coronavirus evidence produced in a Chinese laboratory.
Earlier, US national intelligence told it is investigating the sources of coronavirus.
It has also clarified that coronavirus “was not manmade or genetically modified”.
China, however, dismissed Trump’s suggestion about the Chinese laboratory, and criticized the US response to the virus.
Donald Trump said at the White House on Thursday, “Have you seen anything at this point that gives you a high degree of confidence that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was the origin of this virus?”
He continued, “Yes, I have. Yes, I have,” He did not specify anyone. He said, “And I think the World Health Organization [WHO] should be ashamed of themselves because they’re like the public relations agency for China.”
Later, he explained his comment, “I can’t tell you that. I’m not allowed to tell you that.”
He also said, “Whether they [China] made a mistake, or whether it started as a mistake and then they made another one or did somebody do something on purpose?
“I don’t understand how traffic, how people weren’t allowed into the rest of China, but they were allowed into the rest of the world. That’s bad, that’s a hard question for them to answer.”
The office of the Director of National Intelligence said on Thursday that it is on par with the “wide scientific consensus” about coronavirus.
“The [intelligence community] will continue to rigorously examine emerging information and intelligence to determine whether the outbreak began through contact with infected animals or if it was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan.”