Speculation arose over China's reporting after its government said earlier this month that there were no new cases in Wuhan, where the pandemic stemmed from, and images of stacks of thousands of urns outside funeral homes in Hubei province showed up.
Early in the outbreak, Mr Trump lauded China for its response to Covid-19, tweeting on January 24 that the U.S. appreciated Beijing's efforts and "transparency", even though local Chinese officials initially covered up mounting cases in the initial epicentre of Wuhan.
A worker in a protective outfit checks the body temperature of a woman at the entrance of a bank in Wuhan, China.
The commission said 1,075 asymptomatic cases were still under medical observation, including 226 from overseas.
That was the main thrust of a secret USA intelligence assessment prepared for the White House, although the full contents were not revealed, Bloomberg reported citing three officials.
"Their numbers seem to be a little bit on the light side".
Since the beginning of the outbreak, China publicly reported about 82,000 cases and 3,300 deaths, compared to the more than 216,000 cases and more than 5,000 deaths in the US.
Meanwhile, authorities chose to release daily figures for asymptomatic cases from Wednesday.
China, which has banned new arrivals of foreigners to minimise imported cases, is limping back to normal with most of the factories and businesses humming with activity.
Asymptomatic carriers are less infectious than confirmed cases, said China CDC Chief Epidemiologist Zunyou Wu, citing a Ningbo CDC research paper.
"We have certainly seen them", Pompeo said, referring to "disinformation campaigns" by a number of countries.
Authorities remain concerned about the risks posed by imported cases of COVID-19, and have in recent days banned foreign passport holders from entering and ordered a sharp reduction in the number of worldwide flights.
"It could have been stopped in its tracks", Trump said March 19 at a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House. Yet the numbers so far do not reveal the true scale of this category of individuals infected by the coronavirus.
The controversy around Beijing's transparency has strained ties, adding to tensions triggered by a conspiracy theory in China that the USA military was to blame for the virus.
'This data set matters, ' he said, 'so that we can save lives depends on the ability to have confidence and information about what has actually transpired'.
At a press briefing, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying didn't directly address Trump's comments but said that politicians who accused China of concealing information were "shameless and without morality".