John Kirby, the spokesman for the National Security Council in the White House, answered questions from Fox News’s Jacqui Heinrich on Monday about a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy assessing that Covid-19 likely originated from a lab.
“John, on the Department of Energy’s findings, the lab leak most likely caused the pandemic. How should Americans respond? How should Americans understand China’s response here, saying that, ‘this is politically motivated? It’s a lie. There’s no science to back it’ – and swatting down this information,” Heinrich asked at the highly anticipated White House press conference.
“Well, I can’t speak for the Chinese and I wouldn’t endeavor to do that. But just let me back up a little bit. The president made trying to find the origins of Covid a priority right when he came into office. And he’s got a whole of government effort designed to do that,” Kirby replied, adding: