Trump says China was putting forth ‘false information’ regarding COVID-19

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, takes questions from the press at a coronavirus update briefing Saturday, March 14, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

(USA Features) President Donald Trump said Tuesday during a coronavirus update at the White House that China has put out false information regarding COVID-19, which originated in the Asian nation’s city of Wuhan.

“China was putting information which was false that our military gave this [virus] to them,” the president said. “That was false, and rather than having an argument, I have to call it where it came from. It did come from China.”

The president was responding to a question from a reporter about whether he believes claims that calling it the “China virus” creates a “stigma.”

“I didn’t appreciate the fact that China was saying that our military gave it to them,” he said. “Our military did not give it to anybody.”

Trump told reporters the term isn’t a stigma because it’s accurate.

According to the latest figures from real-time website WorldMeters, there have been more than 6,056 cases of the virus in the U.S. and more than 100 deaths.

Weeks ago, The Epoch Times reported, White House national security advisor Robert O’Brien said that the Chinese government had silenced doctors and whistleblowers during the early phases of the outbreak, costing the “world community two months to respond.”

“The way that this started out in China, the way it was handled from the outset, was not right. It should have been handled differently,” O’Brien added.

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