WH Official: China Used Air Travel to ‘Seed’ Coronavirus Worldwide
Peter Navarro takes swipe at for failing to contain virus
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro suggested that China “sent hundreds of thousands” on aircraft to help "seed" the spread of COVID-19.
Navarro told ABC News “This Week” that China could have kept the virus contained within Wuhan.
“Chinese—behind the shield of the World Health Organization—for two months hid the virus from the world and then sent hundreds of thousands of Chinese on aircraft to Milan, New York and around the world to seed that."
"They could have kept it in Wuhan, but instead, it became a pandemic.”
Host George Stephanopoulos asked Navarro if he was accusing China of intentionally spreading the virus.
But Navarro said he was not implying that it was intentional.
According to a four-page Department of Homeland Security intelligence report obtained by The Associated Press revealed Chinese leaders “intentionally concealed the severity."
Last week, Neon Nettle reported that China admitted to destroying early coronavirus samples but claimed it was not part of a cover-up.
The ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) issued an order to non-government-controlled labs to destroy samples of the deadly virus on January 3.
The admission from China confirms a claim put forward by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo late last month.
On Friday, a supervisor with China's National Health Commission, Liu Dengfeng, admitted that "the Chinese government issued an order on January 3 to dispose of coronavirus samples" at "unauthorized" laboratories.
Meanwhile, the CIA uncovered evidence that China pressured the World Health Organization (WHO) to downplay the extent of the virus to gain a global advantage.
The WHO was prevented from declaring a global health emergency during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic in January.
The CIA published a report, titled “U.N.-China: WHO Mindful But Not Beholden to China,” that details how China threatened to stop cooperating with WHO’s coronavirus investigation if the UN agency declared a global health emergency.
In April, officials uncovered evidence the coronavirus originated in a Wuhan lab, and China's ruling Communist Party blamed wet markets for covering it up.
The report stated that COVID-19 originated in a laboratory as part of China’s effort to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States.