U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he has evidence that the coronavirus originated in a laboratory in Wuhan, China, contradicting the Intelligence Directorate, which hours earlier had rejected an alleged artificial origin.
Trump generated this new controversy when the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States total 1,070,000 (30,000 more than yesterday) and the dead are 63,000 (2,200 more than yesterday).
After government officials were reported to have pressured spy services to look for evidence that the origin of SARS-CoV-2 is in a laboratory in Wuhan, the Office of National Intelligence Director Richard Grenell ruled out the hand of the man behind it in a statement Thursday.
“The intelligence community also agrees with the broad scientific consensus that the COVID-19 virus is neither artificial nor genetically modified,” he said.
The federal agency added that “the intelligence community will continue to rigorously examine the information and data that emerge to determine whether the outbreak [of coronavirus] began through contact with infected animals or whether it was the result of a laboratory accident in Wuhan,” the Chinese city where the pandemic originated.