New intelligence made a Biden agency conclude Covid likely leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan.
But still, the president is trying to protect China.
Joe Biden tried to downplay his administration’s report that Covid started in a Chinese lab.
The U.S. Energy Department has now concluded with “low confidence” that the Covid pandemic most likely arose from a laboratory leak, according to a classified intelligence report provided to the White House and members of Congress, the Wall Street Journal reported.
But national security advisor Jake Sullivan was dismissive of the new report during a Sunday interview with CNN co-host Dana Bash on the network’s “State of the Union.”
“Did the coronavirus pandemic start in a lab?” Bash asked. “Is that what you believe now?”
“One of the things in that ‘Wall Street Journal’ report which I can’t confirm or deny, but I will say the reference to the Department of Energy, President Biden specifically requested that the National Labs, which are part of the Department of Energy, be brought into this assessment because he wants to put every tool at use to be able to figure out what happened here,” he responded. “And if we gain any further insight or information, we will share it with Congress and we will share it with the American people. But, right now, there is not a definitive answer that has emerged from the intelligence community on this question.”
Sullivan was far more concerned with the Chinese government providing weapons to Russia, rather than the report that China is behind the outbreak which allegedly killed one million Americans and cost the nation an estimated $16 trillion.
“We will continue to send a strong message that we believe that sending military aid to Russia at this time, when they are using their weapons to bombard cities, kill civilians and commit atrocities, would be a bad mistake, and China should want no part of it,” he said.
Sullivan added that President Joe Biden had said “clearly and specifically behind closed doors” to China that there would be specific consequences if they supplied the Russians with weapons.
Dr. Anthony Fauci also offered a defense of Chinese officials claiming that people who criticized China were the problem.
“The only way we’ll know is if China opens up and we get American scientists, Canadian scientists, Australian scientists to go there and do the kind of surveillance in the wild,” Fauci told Boston Globe Magazine editor-at-large Neil Swidey.
“The problem is that they’ve attacked the Chinese so badly,” he added. “The Chinese authorities act suspicious, even when they have nothing to hide.”
The Biden administration’s position appears near to that of China, where officials said Monday that “certain parties” should stop politicizing the origins of Covid.
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