“This was a virus that was unleashed by China. There was a coverup that someday they’re going to do an HBO show like they did with Chernobyl on this virus,” Robert O’Brien, the National Security Advisor said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday. O’Brien was referring to the 2019 miniseries that dramatized the 1986 explosion of a reactor at a nuclear power plant in Ukraine and the response from Soviet officials.
“China covered up the virus. I mean, the– the Chinese knew this was happening in November, December, January and were giving false information to the World Health Organization.”
“Are you accusing Beijing or local Chinese authorities? asked Margaret Brennan.
“Well, look, we– we don’t know it because they won’t– they kicked out all the reporters and they wouldn’t let CDC investigators come in and they’re still stonewalling an investigation,” continued O’Brien.
“So we don’t know who in the Chinese government did it, but it doesn’t matter if it was a local Chinese government or the Communist Party of China. This is a real problem and it cost many, many thousands of lives in America and around the world because the real information was not allowed to get out. And it was a cover-up. And– and we’ll get to the bottom of it eventually. But it’s hard to do in a closed– in a communist closed society. It’s hard to get to the bottom of what happened.”