Another day, another piece of divine slice wisdom from Donald Trump, who is now claiming that he has seen proof that the coronavirus was started in a lab in Wuhan, China.
During Thursday's coronavirus task force press briefing the president said, without evidence, that he believed that virus came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
After he was asked what evidence he had seen to support this, he said:
Yes, I have. And I think the WHO should be ashamed of themselves.
We’re going to see where it is. We’re going to see where it comes from.
Trump's claim has already been disputed by the Office of Director of National Intelligence, which contradicts the president's statement. They are quoted by CNBC as saying:
The Intelligence Community also concurs with the wide scientific consensus that the Covid-19 virus was not manmade or genetically modified.
The IC will continue to rigorously examine emerging information and intelligence to determine whether the outbreak began through contact with infected animals or if it was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan.
When asked about this statement from the Director of National Intelligence, one of the top US spy agencies, Trump flippantly acted like he didn't know who or what that was.
John Roberts of Fox News told him:
The Director of National Intelligence today put out a statement saying that they believe it was naturally occurring.
Who? Who said that?
It was a statement from the ODNI office.
Oh, he would know that huh? Director of National Intelligence?
That would be your director of National Intelligence.
Well, we'll have to wait and see. You'll have to tell me who specifically made the statement.
JOHN ROBERTS: The Director of National Intelligence put out a statement saying they think the coronavirus was natur… https://t.co/rEXt8lYejM
Just for the record the incumbent director of national intelligence is Richard Grenell but as Trump was told multiple times during that clip the statement was made by the entire department, so it was presumably a collective amount of research that their team had compiled.
Needless to say, Trump's dismissal of one of the United States' top spy agencies raised some eyebrows.
The coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and has since infected more than 3 million people worldwide, with more than one million cases being reported in the United States, where 63,746 people have died, more than any other country in the world.