When asked about whether he thought the origination of the coronavirus was nefarious or a mistake on Sunday, US President Donald Trump said he believes it was “a horrible mistake.”
During a town hall on Fox News Sunday, Trump added that China “didn’t want to admit it,” and that China was embarrassed by the problem and was unable to “put the fire out.”
Both Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have said they believe the virus had its origins in a lab in Wuhan, China, and not at a market in the city, but neither provided evidence.
Earlier in the week, Trump implied that China knowingly let the virus spread around the globe.
"They either didn't do it and, you know, they couldn't do it from a competence standpoint, or they let it spread. And I -- you know, I would say probably it was -- got -- it got out of control," Trump said.
“They are a very brilliant nation, scientifically and otherwise. It got loose, let's say, and they could have capped it, they could have stopped it, but they didn't,” he added.
During the town hall, Trump also seemed to indicate that he will make public a “strong report on exactly what we think happened” in regards to the origin of the virus, and that the report will be “very conclusive.”