“I didn’t appreciate the fact that China was saying that our military gave it to them. Our military did not give it to anybody,” Trump said during a White House press briefing.
“China was putting out information, which was false, that our military gave this to them. That was false. And rather than having an argument, I said I had to call it where it came from. It did come from China. So, I think it’s a very accurate term,” he said.
The president also pushed back at suggestions that using the term creates a stigma
.”I don’t think so. I think saying that our military gave it to them creates a stigma,” Trump said.
The first reported cases of the virus were in Wuhan, and scenes from the city in lockdown shocked the world.