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President Trump, Secretary Pompeo comment on theory that COVID-19 originated in Wuhan lab

Tuesday’s Yomiuri, Asahi, and Nikkei wrote that President Trump reportedly said in a Fox News program on Sunday that China “made a horrible mistake and tried to cover it up.” The President reportedly added that his administration will put together a report on the issue that will be “very conclusive.” Secretary of State Pompeo told ABC on Sunday that there are “enormous” signs that the novel coronavirus outbreak originated at a biomedical laboratory in Wuhan. The Secretary was quoted as telling the network: “I can tell you that there is a significant amount of evidence that this came from that laboratory in Wuhan.”


In a related story, Wednesday’s Yomiuri wrote that Deputy National Security Advisor Matthew Pottinger has been increasing his presence in the Trump administration with his tough position on China, claiming that he advised the leadership to refer to COVID-19 as the “Wuhan virus.”

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