The United States intelligence has said in a classified report for the Trump’s administration that Brazilian officials who met Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago last month were paid to spread coronavirus in the US.
The report says series of audio and CCTV footage have been retrieved and sent to the White House but, however, did not mention if the officials were paid by the Chinese government.
One of the footage shows Fabio Wajngarten, communications secretary to Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro rubbing a substance in his palm few minutes before meeting Trump, the report stated.
According to the report, images obtained from the footage clearly shows a bottle used by laboratories for microbiology specimen collection and transport.
Fabio Wajngarten later tested positive for coronavirus and the intelligence report indicated that he got infected “through the process and top US officials were their target”.
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Fabio Wajngarten accompanied President Jair Bolsonaro on a visit to Florida, where the two leaders dined together.
The White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, said both Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence had “almost no interactions” with Wajngarten and therefore did not need to be tested themselves.
But during the visit Wajngarten shared on Instagram a picture of himself, Trump, Pence and Brazilian TV presenter Alvaro Garnero, while in one video, Wajngarten (wearing glasses) was seen just behind Bolsonaro and Trump.
Trump took the test and tested negative.
The White House says it will probe the report further and sanction Brazil.