Hudson Institute senior fellow Dr. Michael Pillsbury told Fox News that China’s main objective is to spin data and silence critics who speak out on Beijing’s shortcomings.

“Whenever you become a China expert, the first thing you’re taught is about Chinese belief in the power of deception, that nobody ever tells the truth,” he said on “The Story with Martha MacCallum.” “Everything is done for a principle, a larger goal.”

On Wednesday, President Trump said he could not confirm the veracity of the numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths being reported by China. He added that the numbers from China “seem to be a little on the light side.”