Trump said, “They talk about a certain kind of bat, but that bat wasn’t in that area if you can believe this.”
Washington| The United States President Donald Trump said that the US is looking into the reports to confirm whether the novel coronavirus, which has taken over 1,50,000 lives globally till now, “escaped” from the lab in China’s Wuhan.
“We’re looking at it, a lot of people are looking at it. It seems to make sense,” Trump told reporters at the daily Covid-19 briefing on Friday. He was answering a question on whether there was an investigation to confirm that the novel coronavirus escaped from a lab in China’s Wuhan.
He said, “They talk about a certain kind of bat, but that bat wasn’t in that area if you can believe this. That bat wasn’t sold at that wet zone. That bat is 40 miles away.”
Earlier on Friday, Fox News had reported that the United States is running a full-scale investigation into whether the coronavirus escaped from a lab in Wuhan.
Trump referring to the same, said, “A lot of strange things are happening, but there is a lot of investigation going on and we are going to find out. “All I can say is wherever it came from, came from China in whatever form, 184 countries now are suffering because of it.”
Trump also added that the US would shortly end its grant to a level-IV lab in China’s Wuhan.
“(The) Obama administration gave them a grant of USD 3.7 million. We will end that grant very quickly,” the US President said.
Meanwhile, a lawmaker and Congressman James Smith accused China of covering-up the coronavirus issue.
“The communist Chinese government’s cover-up of the coronavirus outbreak allowed this virus to spread unchecked, threatening the health and stability of the free world. They must be held accountable,” James Smith said.
He further added, “When people in Wuhan began to fall ill with a mysterious SARS-like illness, instead of working to contain the virus, the Chinese Communist Party ruthlessly worked to contain the spread of information. This secrecy endangered millions of lives.”