Beijing Mouthpiece Responds To Pompeo, Says Focus On Wuhan Lab 'To Fool American Public'

Update (1240ET): CCP mouthpiece Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the state-owned Global Times responded to Pompeo's comments, challenging him to present the "enormous evidence" that COVID-19 originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology "to the world."

"By demanding to investigate Wuhan lab, they are trying to create continuous controversy and focus, to fool the American public," he added.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says there's "enormous evidence" that the coronavirus originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology, while agreeing with the intelligence community's determination that the disease is "not manmade or genetically modified."

Speaking with ABC's "This Week" Sunday, Pompeo said:

Martha, there's enormous evidence that that's where this began. We have said from the beginning, this virus originated in Wuhan, China. We took a lot of grief for that from the outset. But I think the whole world can see now. Remember, China has a history of infecting the world and they have a history of running sub-standard laboratories. These aren't the first times that we have had the world exposed to viruses as a result of failures from a Chinese lab.

Responding to a question over whether China should suffer consequences for their handling of the outbreak, Pompeo said that the Chinese Communist Party "did all that it could to make sure the world didn’t learn in a timely fashion," adding that "It was a classic communist disinformation effort."

Pompeo's comments echoed the overall tone coming from the Trump administration, which has ratcheted up criticism of Beijing last week while demanding answers about the origin of COVID-19.

On Friday, President Trump tweeted that NBC and CNN are "Chinese puppets" who do business there, while his PAC released ads critical of the regime.