Pompeo says there’s ‘enormous evidence’ virus emerged from China lab

FILE – In this April 29, 2020, file photo Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news conference at the State Department in Washington. Chinese leaders “intentionally concealed the severity” of the pandemic from the world in early January, according to a 4-page, Department of Homeland Security report dated May 1 and obtained by The Associated Press. The revelation comes as the Trump administration has intensified its criticism of China, with Pompeo saying Sunday, May 3, that China has been responsible for the spread of disease in the past and must be held accountable for the outbreak of the current pandemic. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday on ABC’s This Week that “there’s enormous evidence” that the COVID-19 coronavirus came from a lab in China.

President Trump has made the same claim, although U.S. intelligence agencies have said they have seen no evidence to support the theory that the virus somehow escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the city where the outbreak was first reported.

Pompeo also accused the Chinese government of covering up early information about the outbreak.

A Department of Homeland Security report viewed by The Associated Press said intelligence officials “intentionally concealed the severity” of the outbreak so that they could stock up on medical supplies before other countries did.

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