Pompeo said in an interview with Breitbart that was broadcast Saturday that “we know it started in Wuhan, but we don’t know where or from whom, and those are important things.”
“We have repeatedly requested that the team come in to help them identify where the virus came from,” the secretary said.
While Trump also claims that he has seen evidence linking the outbreak to the Wuhan laboratory, assessments by scientists and those circulating among US intelligence allies stated that “it is highly unlikely” the virus originated in the laboratory. The US intelligence community said they were looking for both possibilities.
The Chinese government has pushed back the claim, describing it as a “blemish” intended to increase the chances of Trump’s re-election.
Pompeo repeatedly condemned Beijing for its lack of transparency regarding a pandemic.