Matthew Pottinger has stressed the need to understand the origins of the coronavirus, citing “institutional failures,” while resisting calls to blame former President Donald Trump for a slowdown in fact-finding.
The former deputy national security adviser was critical of China’s initial response to the growing pandemic, applauding the growing openness to the lab-leak theory as a means of easing the further discovery of information.
“Even if we come up short with a definitive answer, what we’re going to have is a foundation for additional revelations to come out from scientists around the world who are now going to be emboldened because they know that this is a priority of the United States,” Pottinger told NBC “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd. “Scientists who previously were frightened of being canceled by the Twitter mob are going to contribute to this endeavor.”
FILE – Matthew Pottinger, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor listens during a briefing with members of President Trump’s Coronavirus task force in the briefing room at the White House on Friday, Jan 31, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) (Getty Images)
Pottinger stressed the value of understanding
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