BREAKING NEWS: White House DEFENSES Fauci: Jen Psaki says he is ‘an undisputed asset to our country’ and dodges questions in his emails suggesting he rejected lab leak theory and lifted masks
- White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about Fauci after releasing 3,200 pages of emails
- She called him an ‘undeniable asset’
- Fauci, 80, is Biden’s coronavirus adviser
The White House defended Joe Biden’s coronavirus adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, after releasing 3,200 pages of emails — including exchanges in which he cast doubt on the lab leak theory and offered masking advice he would later roll back.
“Well, I think we’ve talked about this at some length from here on out. Let me just say about Dr. Fauci and his emails — he’s also spoken to this many times over the past few days and we’ll let him speak for himself,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki. when asked about the email release.
“And he has been an undeniable asset in our country’s pandemic response,” she said. “But of course it’s not so contagious for me to re-litigate the content of emails from 17 months ago.”
‘UNDENIABLE ASSET’: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Thursday that Dr. Anthony Fauci (pictured) had been an undeniable asset to the administration
Pressing Fauci again, Psaki gushed, “The president and government feel that Dr. Fauci has played an incredible role in bringing the pandemic under control.”
She pointed to an administration investigation into the origins of COVID-19 that is underway.
“We’ve launched, at the direction of the President, a full internal review process to use all government resources to get to the bottom of the origins, and that’s a 100-day process and we’re looking forward to — or 90 days it’s been.” over,” said Psaki.
Psaki declined to respond directly when asked about a State Department fact sheet on COVID-19 released days before Donald Trump left office.
“I think I’m just going to focus on our own internal review that will use all of the federal government’s resources … to see what else we can discover about the origins that we all definitely want to figure out,” she said.
“The President and the Administration believe that Dr. Fauci has played an incredible role in bringing the pandemic under control,” Psaki told reporters on Thursday.
Fauci defends himself in TV interviews
Fauci hit back at critics and defended himself in an appearance on CNN Thursday.
“I think it’s kind of far-fetched that the Chinese deliberately designed something so they could kill themselves and other people. I think that’s a bit far off,” he said, dismissing a theory about the origin of the virus.
“I have always said to you and will say it today … that I still believe that the most likely origin of an animal species is to a human being,” said the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Many emails were redacted, and Fauci was asked during the Thursday morning interview on CNN if he remembers what was said.
“They only took about 10,000 emails from me. Of course I remember. I remember all 10,000 of them,’ he said sarcastically. ‘Give me a break.’