Former President Donald Trump considers that it was “obvious to smart people” that the coronavirus emerged from a Wuhan lab, the Chinese city that was the epicenter of the pandemic.
In an interview with his former advisor Steve Cortes, to Newsmax, Trump refers to the information that has appeared these days in local media insisting that the origin of the virus should be investigated in greater depth and whether it could have come from the aforementioned laboratory.
The Secretary of Health, Xavier Becerra, called Tuesday for “independent and transparent” studies of the origin of the coronavirus causing Covid-19, during his speech at the annual meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO).
“We need to better understand the pandemic in order to be able to better respond to future threats, and studies of the origin of Covid-19 need to be transparent, based on science and the independence of experts,” Becerra stressed via videoconference.
The United States already expressed in February its dissatisfaction with the preliminary results of the investigations carried out earlier this year by international experts in Wuhan to search for the possible origin of the pandemic, and considered that the Chinese authorities had withheld data from the WHO mission.
Last Monday, The Wall Street Journal assured that three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, had fallen ill in November 2019 and had symptoms similar to those of Covid-19, shortly before the pandemic broke out, which added doubts about the origin of that deadly virus.
As the newspaper recounted, citing U.S. intelligence sources, a State Department report noted that the Chinese researchers became ill in the fall of 2019 enough to require hospital care.
“I had no doubt about it,” Trump noted in the interview. “I was criticized by the press because China has a lot of people taken care of. They took care of Hunter [Biden]. They took care of Joe. They took care of everybody, didn’t they? And people didn’t want to say China. Usually, they blame it on Russia. It’s always Russia, Russia, Russia, but I said right at the beginning it came out of Wuhan,” he said about the Wuhan lab leak theory.
Now “everybody is agreeing that I was right when I very early on called Wuhan as the source of COVID-19, sometimes referred to as the China Virus,” the former president later said in a statement.
“To me it was obvious from the beginning but I was badly criticized, as usual. Now they are all saying ‘He was right.’ Thank you!” he stressed.