Former President Donald Trump took Dr. Anthony Fauci to task after the release of his emails that were written during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fauci’s emails were released under the Freedom of Information Act after a request from Buzzfeed.
Trump’s statement claims that U.S. funding of the Wuhan lab began in 2014 under the Obama administration, but was ended during the Trump administration.
In the statement, Trump continued, “What did Dr. Fauci know about ‘gain of function’ research, and when did he know it?”
The emails from Fauci were dated from March to April 2020.
In the emails, Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was told by one scientist that the COVID-19 virus “potentially” looked engineered.
President Trump’s statement chronicled some of the actions he took in the early days of the pandemic. On January 31, 2020, Trump issued a travel ban on people coming from China. Any U.S. citizen returning from China would face a 14-day quarantine.
A portion of Trump’s statement reads in part, “After seeing the emails, our Country is fortunate I didn’t do what Dr. Fauci wanted me to do.” Trump says that Fauci was against closing U.S. borders to Chinese citizens, and at the time, Trump was vilified by the media who called him a “xenophobe.”
This early move however, proved to be one that probably saved lives. In March of 2020, Fauci did concede that the travel ban from China most likely slowed the spread of the virus.
The statement from Trump also said that he felt as though Dr. Fauci did not put great emphasis on speeding up vaccine production, thinking that the process would take up to five years.
Trump’s statement also talks about Fauci’s flip-flopping on the subject of the effectiveness of wearing masks, “Dr. Fauci was totally against masks when even I thought they would be at least helpful. He then changed his mind completely and became a radical masker!”
As more and more questions arise about the origins of the coronavirus, and how involved China was, Fauci now appears to be in damage control mode.
Fauci now says that an email he received last year from an executive at EcoHealth Alliance was “misconstrued.” EcoHealth Alliance funded research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
CNN says that an email Fauci received last April thanked him for stating publicly that, “scientific evidence supports a natural origin for the coronavirus and not a lab release.”
During an interview Thursday with CNN, Fauci was asked what he might say to those who think is too cozy with people behind the research going on at the Wuhan lab. Fauci’s answer, “That’s nonsense, I don’t even see how they get that from that email.”
“I have always said, and will say today to you, John, that I still believe the most likely origin is from an animal species to a human, but I keep an absolutely open mind that if there may be other origins of that, there may be another reason, it could have been a lab leak,” Fauci said.
The origins of the virus are still unknown.
While the media were busy calling Donald Trump and those who agreed with him “conspiracy theorists” for putting forth the theory that the COVID virus might have leaked from a lab, now they appear to be changing their tune.
ABC News’ Jon Karl was in absolute astonishment that something Donald Trump said might be true.
While speaking to Martha Raddatz on Sunday morning, Karl said that he thought “a lot of people have egg on their face.” He added, ‘This was an idea that was first put out by Mike Pompeo, secretary of state, [and] President Donald Trump, and some things may be true even if Donald Trump has said them.”
New York Times reporter David Leonhardt said to CNN that the media “leapt to dismiss the theory” also because it was coming from Donald Trump, and also from Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR).
Washington Post Columnist Josh Rogin did not hold back. In a series of tweets, he called out the media for exactly what they did.
President Trump’s second statement read in part, “China should pay Ten Trillion Dollars to America, and the World, for the death and destruction they have caused!”
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