U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus praised Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai on Tuesday for dismissing claims by a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman that the U.S. Army may have been responsible for the coronavirus.
“We welcome Ambassador Cui’s comments calling the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s statement a ‘crazy thing’ that blamed the U.S. Army for the #coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. Saving lives is more important than saving face,” said Ortagus.
Cui responded to the Foreign Ministry claim on the CBS show “Face the Nation” on Sunday: “There are people who are saying that these viruses are coming from some military lab, not of China, maybe in the United States.” He added: “How—how can we believe all these crazy things?”
The climb-down happened after President Trump publicly, and privately with high-level Chinese leaders, chastised Chinese officials for spreading the absurd rumor in an effort to deflect attention away from the Chinese origin of the virus. more