Trump is confused when Fox reporter tells him his own national security officials' update on coronavirus
Donald Trump (AFP:File : MANDEL NGAN)

On Thursday, Fox News reporter John Roberts asked President Donald Trump at his coronavirus press briefing about the statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that the coronavirus was not manmade or genetically modified.


The president appeared confused by the question, asking, "Who said that?" as Roberts repeatedly tried to explain that it was his own national security officials who said it was a naturally-occurring virus.

A few moments after this, Trump tried to change the subject by complaining about the World Health Organization's' response to the virus. When pressed once again on whether he still believes the virus originated in a Chinese lab, Trump said, "We're going to find out ... we're working on that very strongly. China might even tell us."

(Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the Director of National Intelligence said the novel coronavirus did not come from a lab. The DNI said it is investigating whether the coronavirus outbreak "was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan.")