Desperate for a Scapegoat, Trump Blames China to Cover for his Covid-19 Blunders
Donald Trump has ordered US intelligence officials to find evidence that Covid-19 originated in a Chinese lab.
New York Times: "Senior Trump administration officials have pushed American spy agencies to hunt for evidence to support an unsubstantiated theory that a government laboratory in Wuhan, China, was the origin of the coronavirus outbreak, according to current and former American officials" ...
That's not generally how intelligence agencies work. They prefer to go where the evidence takes them, as opposed to starting with a conclusion and working backward. But, as the death toll rises and his blunders become more apparent and consequential, Trump desperately needs a scapegoat, any scapegoat, so why not China.
New York Times: "Mr. Trump’s aides and Republicans in Congress have sought to blame China for the pandemic in part to deflect criticism of the administration’s mismanagement of the crisis in the United States, which now has more coronavirus cases than any country. More than one million Americans have been infected, and more than 60,000 have died."
America's intelligence and medical communities are in general agreement that Covid-19 wasn't cooked up in a Wuhan lab. The consensus is that it "leapt from animal to human in a nonlaboratory setting."
BBC: "In a rare public statement, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees US spy agencies, said on Thursday it concurs with the "wide scientific consensus" regarding Covid-19's natural origins."
Their statement reflects a fear among intelligence experts that they are being used as pawns by the President to give his Chinese conspiracy theory some credence within the general public.
It may be years, if ever, before we know how and when Covid-19 first infected a human. But, we can be fairly certain that whatever Donald Trump says about it between now and November won't be true.
By: Don Lam & Curated Content