Secretary of State Mike Pompeo argued with reporters at a press conference Wednesday about comments he and others in the administration have made about the coronavirus being manmade or originating in a bio-research center in Wuhan.
Pompeo said in an interview Sunday there is “enormous evidence” the virus came from a lab but has declined to state that directly when asked to follow up.
"Every one of those statements is entirely consistent. Every one of them. Lay them down together, there is no separation. We are all trying to figure out the right answer. We are all trying to get clarity. There are different levels of certainty assessed at different places... I'm not sure what it is about the grammar that you can't get. We don't have certainty and there is significant evidence that this came from the laboratory. Those statements can both be true. I've made them both. Administration officials have made them. They're all true," he said.
"Your efforts just to spend your whole life trying to drive a little wedge between senior American officials… it's just false,” Pompeo told BBC reporter Barbara Plett Usher, who asked about defining his position.
"They knew. China could have prevented the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide," Pompeo said. "China could have spared the world a descent into global economic malaise. They had a choice but instead – instead - China covered up the outbreak in Wuhan."