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President Trump says he’s seen “strong evidence” that COVID-19 originated in Wuhan lab

President Trump says he’s seen “strong evidence” that COVID-19 originated in Wuhan lab

NHK, NTV, and Fuji TV reported in their noon news programs that President Trump told reporters on Thursday that he had seen “strong evidence” showing that COVID-19 originated at a lab in Wuhan. According to the networks, when asked if he had seen information that gave him confidence that the coronavirus was from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, the President reportedly said, “Yes, I have.” NTV said that although the President had said previously that the virus spread from the Chinese lab, this was the first time for him to say that he has seen evidence of it. NHK reported that while there has been strong criticism of the initial response and remarks of President Trump over the COVID-19 outbreak, there is a growing view among Republicans that the Chinese government’s responsibility should be clarified, adding that it has been reported that Secretary of State Pompeo and others have asked the intelligence community to look for any evidence that the virus originated in the Wuhan lab. NHK also said that while the Chinese government has been consistently denying such claims, President Trump is apparently aiming to shift the target of criticism to China, adding that according to U.S. media reports, there are concerns among intelligence agencies that information on the origin of the coronavirus will be used as a political tool. Fuji TV reported that the President is apparently stepping up his criticism of China by even reportedly referring to the possibility that China intentionally did not stop the virus from spreading. 

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