Pompeo US can’t be certain coronavirus outbreak
Pompeo has repeatedly said the US has not received access to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where he claims the deadly virus originated, and has lambasted China’s ruling party for its lack of transparency.
“This is an ongoing challenge — we still don’t have the samples that we need, we still don’t have the access,” Pompeo said during Wednesday’s briefing. “Cooperation is about action, it’s about opening up, it’s about sharing this information so that the details of patient zero, where this began are things that are in possession of only the Chinese Communist Party. They are the ones who can help unlock that.”
The Trump administration has publicly suggested that they would seek accountability for the spread of the deadly pandemic. Privately, they are drawing up plans to punish Beijing on multiple fronts. Sources inside the administration told CNN they are looking into using options like sanctions, canceling US debt obligations and drawing up new trade policies as forms of retribution.
This article has been updated with additional comments from Pompeo and background.