No matter which story we're talking about that involves China, one question in particular keeps coming up in my head: If we can't trust China on this particular situation - whichever situation we're talking about this hour - is there anything we can trust them about?
It's now being reported that China hasn't been counting their asymptomatic coronavirus (COVID-19) patients as part of their total count of cases.
According to the Wall Street Journal, top Chinese health official Chang Jile "said the country would report the number of infected people who aren’t showing symptoms beginning Wednesday."
This isn't the only problem with China's numbers.
China has concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it’s suffered from the disease, the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, according to three U.S. officials.
The officials asked not to be identified because the report is secret and declined to detail its contents. But the thrust, they said, is that China’s public reporting on cases and deaths is intentionally incomplete. Two of the officials said the report concludes that China’s numbers are fake.
What are we to believe anymore? Is anyone telling us the truth? Whether it's the media, China or some politicians, it seems as though there aren't many who have the guts or the motivation to tell the people the straight truth.
Last week, President Donald Trump told reporters that "you just don't know" what the actual numbers are coming out of China.
"You don’t know what the numbers are in China,” Trump said, according to the Washington Examiner. “China tells you numbers and ... you just don’t know, you know, what are the numbers?"
Who knows, Mr. President? Who knows?