- President Trump alleged that he has seen evidence that the ravaging COVID-19 originated in a laboratory in Wuhan, China
- The US president, however, refused to provide details to substantiate his controversial claim
- Trump's statement also contradicted a statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence
President Donald Trump claims he has seen evidence that gives him a "high degree of confidence" the novel coronavirus originated in a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
CNN reports that the US president who made the allegation on Thursday, April 30, however, declined to provide details to substantiate his claim.
The US media also notes that Trump's claim contradicted a statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Legit.ng gathers that the US intelligence office had earlier stated no such assessment has been made, adding that it is still examining 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 if he had seen evidence that would suggest the virus originated in the lab, Trump simply said: "Yes, I have."
He, however, declined to speak further on the alleged evidence.
"I can't tell you that. I'm not allowed to tell you that," he said.
The US president added that there were "a lot of theories" that he would assess just as he expressed hope that China would eventually reveal what it knows about the origin of the virus which has spread to several countries and killed thousands.
According to CNN, the Trump administration has been pushing the US intelligence community to determine the exact origins of the coronavirus outbreak following viral allegations that the pandemic started because of a laboratory accident in China.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that President Trump suggested that the United States could seek damages from China over the COVID-19 outbreak.
The US president reportedly made the suggestion on Monday morning, April 27 at a press briefing.
Trump said his administration was conducting serious investigations into Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
Legit.ng gathered that US president noted that his administration believes that China could have stopped COVID-19 from spreading globally.
In another report, President Trump on Tuesday, April 28, called President Muhammadu Buhari to express solidarity with Nigeria over the COVID-19 pandemic.
The minister of information, Lai Mohammed, at a briefing in Abuja said the US president promised to send across ventilators to Nigeria.
A presidential aide, Tolu Ogulesi also disclosed that the conversation between both leaders focused on Nigeria’s COVID-19 response.
He said the telephone call occurred at the request of President Trump.
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