Per Mediaite, during Thursday's edition of his show, Dobbs spoke with K.T. McFarland, President Donald Trump's former deputy national security adviser. The anchor suggested that COVID-19 could be a biological weapon created by the Chinese government.
Biological warfare, he said, is a "significant part" of the Chinese "military doctrine."
"We have to have an answer now," Dobbs said, arguing that the United States needs to come up with an appropriate response in case it turns out the coronavirus was created and deliberately unleashed by China.
"If we don't go to war over the loss of … 31,000 American lives, what do we go to war over?" the anchor asked, contending that "sending strong letters" and engaging in diplomacy is not enough to fight against China. Regardless of whether the virus was released on purpose or not, Dobbs concluded, the United States should consider responding strongly.
"That virus was unleashed on the world, and they lied, and that is the same as making it an intentional and conscious act of warfare, as far as I'm concerned."
As The Washington Post reported, although there is no conclusive proof that the virus originated in a lab, U.S. officials have long expressed concerns about safety issues at a Wuhan lab dedicated to studying coronaviruses. The officials do not claim that the virus was engineered or released on purpose, but apparently believe that it may have spread due to inadequate safety.