On the heels of Chinese Whistleblower Dr Yan suggesting evidence that SARS-CoV-2 was man made in Wuhan, the US Ambassador to China has accused China of covering up the details of the outbreak.
The outgoing United States Ambassador to China has denounced Beijing’s initial handling of the coronavirus, saying that “what could have been contained in Wuhan ended up becoming a worldwide pandemic.”
Speaking to CNN in Beijing on Friday, Terry Branstad, a former longtime Iowa governor, agreed with President Donald Trump that China was to blame for the pandemic, adding that the “Chinese system was such that they covered it up and even penalized the doctors who pointed it out at the beginning.”
The New York Post elaborated on the interview that Branstad had with China, reporting:
The ambassador, a longtime friend of Chinese President Xi Jinping, accused the Communist nation of abusing Trump’s relationship with Xi to trick US officials into thinking the disease was under control.
“I think President Trump believed the Chinese when they said what they said about the virus and then he and the rest of the world found out what they said was not true and misinformation and cover-ups occurred,” Branstad told the network.
“I think it’s really the Communist system of China and their unwillingness to admit wrongdoing that caused this whole thing to happen, and that’s the tragedy of it,” he added.
The US Ambassador to China is stepping down in early October after having served in his position since 2017. Official reasoning for this departure has not been disclosed, but these statements on the handling of the coronavirus outbreak immediately following his announcement seem to indicate that the pandemic has certainly played a role in the decision.