Trump COVID test czar criticizes Fauci for calling Rand Paul a liar over questions about funding for Wuhan lab
Former COVID test czar Brett Girior criticizes Fauci for calling Rand Paul a liar for asking ‘legitimate questions’ about $600K NIH grant to Wuhan lab and gain-of-function research
- Admiral Brett Girior served on Trump White House coronavirus task force
- He said he is “really concerned” about Fauci’s answers to Senator Rand Paul’s questions at a Senate hearing on job gains inquiry in Wuhan
- Paul suggested Fauci lied to Congress and Fauci accused Paul of “lying” himself
- Girior told ‘Fox & Friends’ Fauci’s behavior doesn’t ‘build trust’
- He also speculated whether the “new” viruses reportedly being studied at the Wuhan Institute would be stockpiled for use by China as bioweapons.
Trump’s COVID Test Czar Brett Girior Takes a Swing at Dr. Anthony Fauci during his heated exchange with Rand Paul on Tuesday, demanding that the top doctor answer Paul’s “legitimate questions” about his ties to a lab in Wuhan.
Girior criticized Fauci’s behavior and defended the senator’s questioning in a performance on ‘Fox & Friends’ Wednesday morning.
“I’ve never seen – and I hope it never will – that a witness who is a public health official calls a US Senator a liar and doesn’t know what he was talking about when Senator Paul clearly read the paper and made important points that should be made,” said the former member of the White House’s COVID Task Force.
Girior criticized Fauci’s attitude towards Paul and defended the senator’s questioning in a performance on ‘Fox & Friends’ Wednesday morning
Fauci was questioned Tuesday by senators at a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on whether he funded job advancement research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
In a particularly tense conversation, Kentucky Republican Rand Paul hinted that Fauci lied to Congress in an earlier hearing and appeared to imply that he was funding research that could have fueled the coronavirus pandemic.
“If anyone is lying here, Senator, it’s you,” Fauci snapped.
Girior criticized Fauci’s aggressive approach.
“I was really concerned because I don’t think that attitude was good for him, good for the hearing or good for instilling confidence in the American people,” he said.
Girior (right), a former member of the Trump coronavirus task force, told Fox host Brian Kilmeade (left) Fauci’s reactions to Paul ‘do not inspire confidence in the American people’
The junior Republican senator from Kentucky appeared to support Girior’s Wednesday interview
Paul bolstered the Girior Fox News segment on his Twitter Wednesday morning.
Fauci denied the implication that the NIH’s money went to research on job gains in Wuhan, but Girior said the doctor was “hiding behind” technicalities.
“What they funded was exactly what Rand Paul said,” Girior said. “They funded researchers to go hundreds of miles to the backs of bat caves, extract dangerous viruses from bats never seen before by humans, and take them to a city of 10 million people in the Wuhan lab.”
‘Then they chopped up those viruses and created new Frankenstein viruses to see if they could infect human cells. Now that may not technically be a ‘job gains inquiry,’ but it is dangerous research, and Senator Paul’s questions deserve to be answered.”
He speculated that those “new” viruses would be stored for use by China as bioweapons.
In a particularly tense exchange of views during a Health, Education, Labor and Retirement Committee hearing on Tuesday, Paul hinted that Fauci lied to Congress at an earlier hearing and appeared to imply that he had committed a crime.
Gain of function research looks at both the transmission of diseases between animals and humans and is a way for scientists to alter organisms and diseases to study how they can become more deadly or more transmissible.
The NIH definition of function gain includes “scientific research that increases transmissibility in animals is function gain.”
NIH, which Fauci leads, allocated $600,000 to a group called the EcoHealth Alliance, which then paid the Wuhan Institute of Virology to study the risk that bat coronaviruses could infect humans.
Paul grilled Fauci in May about the $600,000 in funding allocated to EcoHealth Alliance, which turned around and paid the Wuhan Institute of Virology to study how bat coronavirus could infect humans.
The $600,000 in funding was reinstated in August after another prior grant was blocked in April 2020 over security concerns at the Wuhan lab.
Fauci v Paul: The Gain-of-Function Research Debate and the $600K NIH Grant to the Wuhan Lab
Senator Rand Paul and Dr. Anthony Fauci have argued over gain-of-function research and a $600,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2014.
Gain of Function Research (GOF) is a controversial practice of modifying a virus or pathogen to study the development of new diseases and their transmission. The research could ultimately make the virus more contagious or deadly in a lab.
According to an NIH definition, GOF involves studying and altering viruses in animals to make them transmissible to humans — and potentially more contagious and deadly.
On May 11, Paul accused Fauci of misleading Congress by saying that the US has never funded profit-or-functional projects at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The Kentucky Republican points to a $3.7 million grant that NIH gave to the EcoHealth Alliance in 2014. EcoHealth Alliance, in turn, has distributed nearly $600,000 of that funding to its collaborator, the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).
Paul has maintained that emails from Fauci revealed his concerns that the NIH was funding profit-of-function research in February 2020, when the pandemic first broke out.
In a June interview, Paul told Fox News, “I think we’ve changed our minds. Everyone to the left of the center said this was a conspiracy, that it couldn’t possibly have happened in the Wuhan lab. Now even Dr. Fauci that we should investigate’
“But the emails paint a disturbing picture, a disturbing picture of Dr. Fauci from the very beginning he worried that he had funded profits from job research. And he knows it to this day, but hasn’t admitted it.’
Paul claimed in the interview that “there is a lot of evidence” that Fauci’s views on the Wuhan lab leak theory were compromised by a “conflict of interest.”
“If it turns out that this virus originated in the Wuhan lab, which it seems like it did, then there’s a lot of blame for the fact that he was a big supporter of the funding,” Paul said.
“But to this day he was also a big proponent of saying that we can trust the Chinese in this, that we can trust Chinese scientists and I think that is rather naive and should really exclude him from the position he is in.” .
In June, Fauci dismissed revelations that he had been warned at the start of the pandemic that COVID-19 may have been “developed.”
Fauci appeared to be downplaying a massive amount of malicious emails warning from the start of the pandemic that the virus originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
He said his emails are “ripe to be taken out of context,” but he “cannot guarantee everything that happens in the Wuhan lab.”