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US says evidence links COVID-19 to Wuhan lab, threatens tariffs

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Lending credence to his country’s theory or suspicion that China might have deliberately engineered and released the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) to afflict humanity on earth, United States President Donald Trump has threatened new tariffs against Beijing after claiming there is evidence linking the Coronavirus to a lab in the city of Wuhan, China.

Asked if he had seen anything giving him a high degree of confidence that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was the origin of the outbreak Thursday, April 30, President Trump said, “Yes, I have,” reports AFP.

At a media briefing in the White House, in Washington, D.C., he stated that US agencies were investigating how the virus first emerged and what China had done to stop it spreading to the rest of the world.

He said: “We’ll be able to get a very powerful definition of what happened … in the not too distant future.”

But even as the issue remains under probe, Trump said he already has suspicions, stressing that “they (China) could have stopped it”

Trump accused China of not cancelling international flights out of the country in time.

Recall that several theories are circulating on how the virus appeared in Wuhan, including that it emerged from a market selling live animals or accidentally from the Wuhan research lab.

The US intelligence community Thursday disclosed that it concluded that the novel Coronavirus originated in China, but was not man-made or engineered.

However, when the White House correspondents pressed him for details on what made him so confident about a link to the Wuhan laboratory, Trump replied: “I cannot tell you that.”

Report says attention is now turning to what Trump will do in terms of threatened retaliation.

The new tension comes only months after the US and China settled a trade war which had been roiling world markets.

Until now Trump has been notably vague on what measures he is considering but tariffs, he said, are a possibility.

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