Former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon accused China of “premeditated murder” in an interview with host Eric Bolling on Sinclair’s United We Stand, basing his incendiary charge on the evidence that its government initially downplayed and concealed the threat of the human-to-human transmissibility of Covid-19 during December and January.

“They’re guilty of hiding this from people throughout the world, just like a biological Chernobyl,” Bannon claimed. “They’ve got to be held accountable.”

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Bannon  also pointed out anonymously-sourced news reports that the coronavirus originated — in a mistaken safety breach — from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, China’s top biological research lab. Asked on Thursday in a White House press conference, whether that theory merited consideration, Bannon’s former boss, President Donald Trump, said he had seen evidence to support “high confidence” in that explanation, but refused to go into detail when pressed by a reporter: “I cannot tell you that.” However, Trump did hint that the virus’s spread could’ve been an intentional act, when he said about controlling the outbreak that China “was either unable to or chose not to.”

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