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Trump releases statement saying that “everybody is agreeing” with his claims about origins of COVID-19

Former President Donald Trump released a statement Tuesday, saying that “everybody is agreeing” with his long-standing claims that the Wuhan Institute of Virology is the true origin of COVID-19.

“Now everybody is agreeing that I was right when I very early on called Wuhan as the source of COVID-19, sometimes referred to as the China Virus,” Trump said in an emailed statement from his Save America Pac. “To me, it was obvious from the beginning, but I was badly criticized, as usual. Now they are all saying, ‘He was right.’ Thank you!” Continuing he said, “I think it was obvious to smart people that’s [Wuhan Institute of Virology] where it came from. I had no doubt about it.” Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal reported that three researchers working at the Wuhan lab would fall ill with symptoms “consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness” back in November 2019. 

The lab leak theory suggests that the coronavirus was leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. It was first dismissed as a conspiracy theory by many but is now gaining traction in recent weeks following a widely-criticized WHO probe controlled by China who recommended that the virus could have been imported into Wuhan from other countries. Trump asserted as early as April 2020 that he had seen intelligence which gave him a high degree of confidence that the virus originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, adding, however, that he was “not allowed to tell” his source. “And I think the World Health Organization should be ashamed of themselves because they’re like the public relations agency for China,” Trump said at that press briefing.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: VOX

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