A.S. President Donald Trump urged China on Tuesday to be frank about the source of the novel coronavirus epidemic that has killed more than a quarter of a million people since it started late last year in the Chinese town of Wuhan.
General Mark Milley, the top U.S. general, said on Tuesday that it was not yet clear if coronavirus originated from a wet market in China, the virology institute or any other place — repeating Mr. Pompeo’s remarks made last Thursday. Last Thursday, Mr. Trump was asked if he had seen facts that gave him a “strong degree of trust” that the virus came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, replying that he had, although he refused to provide details.
The state-backed Chinese institute has rejected suggestions that the virus originated there. Most experts believe the virus originated in a Wuhan market selling wildlife and jumped from animals to people. Mr. Trump, who initially praised China over its response to the outbreak, said he had not spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping.