According to Tuesday’s report by CNN, President Biden shut down a probe into the origins of COVID 19 in China by the State Department launched by the Trump administration under Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last fall.
Former President Trump voiced concerns last year that Covid-19 might have escaped from a Wuhan China lab. These concerns, once dismissed by the media as conspiracy theories, are now gaining traction.
The Biden administration wants China to be more transparent, also wants the World Health Organization (WHO) to conduct an independent inquiry. However, the WHO is widely seen as helping China to cover the pandemic.
President Biden‘s team shut down a closely-held State Department effort launched late in the Trump administration to prove the coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab over concerns about the quality of its work, according to three sources familiar with the decision.
The existence of the State Department inquiry and its termination this spring by the Biden administration — neither of which has been previously reported — comes to light amid renewed interest in whether the virus could have leaked out of a Wuhan lab with links to the Chinese military. The Biden administration is also facing scrutiny of its own efforts to determine if the Chinese government was responsible for the virus.
Those involved in the previously undisclosed inquiry, which was launched last fall by allies of then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, say it was an honest effort to probe what many initially dismissed: that China’s biological weapons program could have had a greater role in the pandemic’s origin in Wuhan, according to two additional sources.
But the inquiry quickly became mired in internal discord amid concerns that it was part of a broader politicized effort by the Trump administration to blame China and cherry-pick facts to prove a theory.
Joe Biden criticized President Trump during the 2020 campaign for having “dissolved” the White House pandemic unit (it was reorganized to be more effective advocates, say).
Biden also claimed that Trump had “rolled over for the Chinese” and did not ask China to allow an investigation by the US into coronavirus. Biden promised he would “insist, insist, insist” that China let the US investigate.
However, Biden reportedly dissolved the U.S. efforts to investigate the origins and has “rolled over for the Chinese” rather than “insisting” the U.S. be allowed to investigate how the virus emerged.