The Trump administration has ramped up the coronavirus blame game against China by claiming that the country sent infected airline passengers to seed the virus in different countries across the world.

The U.S. President Donald Trump has been quite vocal about his opinion of China and its alleged role in COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign to blame China for COVID-19 seems to have further stepped up after the latest comments from one of the Trump’s closest aides, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro.

During an interview, Navarro said that the patient zero for coronavirus was identified in November in Wuhan, China. But China hid the virus from the world and used this time to seed the virus around the world, including in the U.S. and China.

“The Chinese, behind the shield of the World Health Organization, for two months hid the virus from the world and then sent hundreds of thousands of Chinese on aircraft to Milan, New York and around the world to seed that,” he said.

Navarro further added that the virus could have been easily contained in Wuhan itself but it became a pandemic and this is the reason why he says that the Chinese did this to Americans and they are responsible for the pandemic.

The propaganda against China has further strengthened ahead of the scheduled U.S. presidential elections in November 2020. The Chinese government has been accused of a bad response to coronavirus during the early days of the outbreak in Wuhan and even for hiding the COVID-19 data in China.

Trump himself has suggested in the past that coronavirus escaped from the virology laboratory in Wuhan studying the virus in bats. He once even claimed to have seen the evidence that coronavirus emerged in Wuhan lab. However, none of the evidence has been released so far to add credibility to the claims.

Even though he thinks that the coronavirus originated in Wuhan lab, he says that it is not likely that China released it deliberately and unleashed to the world. However, it is something that just might have got “out of control.”

In the interviews, Navarro further said that he does not mourn that Rick Bright is no longer with the administration. Bright, who had served as the director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority until April end, was removed from his position.

“There’s always going to be somebody better to replace them, somebody more loyal, not to the president necessarily, but to the Trump agenda. That’s what’s important,” Navarro said concerning Bright.

Bright, who submitted a 300-page whistleblower complaint, said that he was removed by the Trump administration for raising a voice to highlight the depth of the coronavirus crises and the need to step up the efforts against the pandemic.

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