The Trump administration is laying out its position on Chinese culpability regarding the Chinese coronavirus believed to have been released from the Wuhan bio lab. White House trade advisor Peter Navarro declared China ‘seeded’ the virus overseas by purposefully sending infected passengers via air travel to target nations.
“The virus was spawned in Wuhan province, patient zero was in November,” White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said on ABC’s “This Week,” reported Bloomberg.
“The Chinese, behind the shield of the World Health Organization, for two months hid the virus from the world and then sent hundreds of thousands of Chinese on aircraft to Milan, New York and around the world to seed that.”
“They could have kept it in Wuhan…Instead, it became a pandemic. That’s why I say the Chinese did that to Americans and they are responsible.”
President Trump recently said he doesn’t think the virus was intentionally released,. “I think more likely it got out of control,” he said.
POTUS may be reluctant to call the release intentional because that would require an even greater America response, possibly even militarily.
In any event, Secretary of State Pompeo has made it very clear the U.S. would ‘hold China accountable’ for its actions in the aftermath of the outbreak.