Fire crews were prevented from accessing the compound.
He told a press briefing in London: "I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the British government for its principled responses to these challenges; you have made a sovereign decision to ban Huawei from future 5G networks, you have joined other free nations to condemn China's broken promises on the Sino-British treaty, you generously opened your doors to Hong Kongers who are fleeing for freedom".
Beijing condemned the order and threatened retaliation, but did not say what measures it might take, however a source told Reuters that Beijing was considering shutting down the United States consulate in Wuhan. Under global convention, the consulate is considered Chinese territory.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio, acting chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, went further - he said the consulate was the centre of a "massive spy operation".
The State Department said China has engaged in massive spying and influence operations throughout the United States for years.
Additionally, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told Fox News that the U.S.
He said the consulate was the epicenter of research theft in the United States.
He said the diplomats were escorting travellers to the gate area, and Air China had paperwork with false birth dates for the diplomats.
It was not immediately clear what other measures China may consider.
Much of the interest in Houston has focused on the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
He said the USA had interfered with China's diplomatic missions, including intercepting diplomatic pouches and confiscating Chinese items for "official use".
The consulate closure marks a further breakdown in relations between the world's two largest economies, and is a significant shift from just six months ago, when the countries signed a trade deal and Trump boasted that the U.S. -China relationship 'might be the best it's been in a long, long time'.
Trump has also cut off additional trade talks and threatened to penalize China because he said "they could have stopped" the pandemic.
Hua Chunying, foreign ministry spokeswoman, described the reasons given by the United States for closing the consulate as "unbelievably ridiculous". During a visit to Denmark on Wednesday, the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, suggested the move reflected a U.S. decision to be less tolerant of Chinese behaviour.
He said the USA had opened and confiscated items from Chinese diplomatic pouches, and that the Chinese embassy in the US had received bomb and death threats to its personnel "as the USA flagrantly drives stigmatization and fans hatred against China".
Beijing denied the USA accusations and criticized the United States for various violations of worldwide law, saying Washington has been inciting hatred toward Chinese nationals that has resulted in multiple threats being made toward the embassy.