White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro told ABC News Sunday that China is to blame for the global spread of the virus because of the government’s early knowledge of the suspected first patient in November, 2019. Moreover, Navarro said China’s initial response to send “hundreds of thousands of Chinese on aircraft” across the globe created a global pandemic.

“The virus was spawned in Wuhan province. Patient zero was in November,” Navarro explained. “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 continued, “They could’ve kept it in Wuhan. Instead, it became a pandemic. So, that’s why I say the Chinese did that to Americans. And they are responsible now.”