President Trump’s National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has accused the Chinese of engaging in a coronavirus cover-up.
According to The Hill:
White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien on Wednesday criticized China’s response to the coronavirus as a cover up and said that Beijing cost the global community two months to respond to the outbreak.
“Unfortunately, rather than use best practices, this outbreak in Wuhan was covered up,” O’Brien said in remarks at the Heritage Foundation. “There’s lots of open source reporting from Chinese nationals that the doctors involved were either silenced or put in isolation … so the word of this virus could not get out.”
“It probably cost the world community two months to respond,” O’Brien continued.
O’Brien appeared to be referring to reports about Li Wenliang, a Wuhan doctor who tried to raise alarm about the coronavirus outbreak, being targeted by police in an effort to silence him.
The virus has sickened over 1000 people in the United States.