Former US President Donald Trump on Friday reiterated his stance on the origin of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and said that now even the 'enemy', referring to his electoral rival Joe Biden, are beginning to say the same. The former US president, since the beginning, had blamed China for the pandemic.
Trump has blamed China for the leak of coronavirus from the Wuhan laboratory In March 2020, he referred to the virus as the "China virus" calling the country out for the global health crisis.
In a fresh statement, he said China should pay 10 trillion dollars to the US and the world for the massive scale of death and destruction caused by the virus leak.
"Now everyone, even so-called "enemy", are beginning to say that President Trump was right about China virus coming from Wuhan Lab. China should pay 10 trillion dollars to US and world for death & destruction they have caused," the 45th US president said in the statement.
Trump also attacked the top US infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci, as he added, "The correspondence between Dr Fauci and China speaks too loudly for anyone to ignore."
This comes after private emails of Fauci were released to the press that sparked off the claims of the virus originating from the Wuhan lab. More than 3,000 pages of emails, dated from January to June 2020, were obtained by the Washington Post, Buzzfeed News and CNN via the requests of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
The revealed emails detailed that the top US expert and his colleagues noted, in the initial days, that Covid-19 may have leaked from the lab in China.
Last week, President Joe Biden announced that he has given fresh orders for further US intelligence probe into the origin of Covid-19, the report of which should be submitted in 90 days.
The virus leak from the lab theory has evolved from skepticism and entered mainstream conversations. Fauci has even demanded China to release medical records of the Wuhan lab workers, who got sick in 2019. He said those records might aid in the in-depth exploration of the theory.
"I would like to see the medical records of the three people who are reported to have got sick in 2019. Did they really get sick, and if so, what did they get sick with?" Fauci said.
However, Chinese officials and scientists continue to reject the lab leak theory, saying that the virus was present in other regions before it hit Wuhan in 2019.