US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that there is a “tremendous” amount of evidence that the new coronavirus pandemic originated in a laboratory in Wuhan, where the outbreak in China began.
“There is a tremendous amount of evidence that this is where it started,” he told ABC.
Despite being a strong critic of China’s handling since the start of the pandemic, Pompeo declined to say whether he believed the virus had been intentionally released.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the role of the Asian giant in the COVID-19 situation, which has infected nearly 3.5 million people and killed more than 240,000 worldwide.
According to Trump, Beijing withheld important information about the outbreak, demanding that it be held “responsible.”
Pompeo, a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), told ABC that he agreed with a statement made by US intelligence on Thursday, which he said coincided “with the broad scientific consensus that the COVID-19 virus was neither created by man nor genetically modified.”
But he went further than Trump, citing “huge” evidence that the virus spread from Wuhan’s lab.