Former President Trump wanted Dr. Publicly questioning Anthony Fauci about US funding of the Wuhan lab suspected of leaking COVID-19, but according to a forthcoming book, he was told by aides to create a presidential commission.
An executive order was issued to hold China to account and bill Beijing for reparations.
Details emerged on Saturday amid new questions about who knew what and when in the federal government about the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trump was “excited” about setting up a commission along the lines of those investigating the 9/11 attacks and the JFK assassination, according to What Really Happened in Wuhan, by Sharri Markson, to be published by HarperCollins in September.
And, extracts published by the New York Post, reveal that officials suspected China had developed a vaccine against COVID-19 before the outbreak.
“It seems likely that the Wuhan Institute of Virology researched a vaccine before the outbreak,” a State Department analysis written by Miles Yu, a Chinese adviser to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
New book examines the way the Trump administration viewed the origins of COVID-19 and exposes the divisions about how to investigate the lab at the center of leakage concerns (pictured) and how to deal with China. It claims President Trump favored a commission to investigate the matter, but the idea was shelved
China’s White House hawk and trade adviser Peter Navarro reportedly issued an executive order in August 2020 to establish “The National Commission on the Origins and Costs of COVID-19.”
Navarro blamed White House economist Larry Kudlow for urging Trump not to go through with the plan, fearing it would destroy already fraught relations with Beijing
Upcoming book from journalist Sharri Markson offers new insight into how Trump White House attempted to investigate Chinese origins of COVID-19
The details offer new insight into how officials focused on the Wuhan lab, while scientists publicly insisted the virus originated naturally.
But skeptics will also see an opportunity for Chinese hawks to settle scores and blame others for getting in the way of their plans.
The book reveals that an executive order was issued in August 2020 to establish “The National Commission on the Origins and Costs of COVID-19.”
The driving force was the combative White House trade adviser, Peter Navarro.
The draft named Senator Tom Cotton as commissioner, with two of Pompeo’s advisers in senior positions.
Retired Air Force Brigade. Gene. Robert Spalding would lead sessions on geopolitics, and a general from Fort Detrick, the U.S. biological weapons defense program in Maryland, would lead the virology portion of the study.
Witnesses included Fauci and EcoHealth Alliance president Peter Daszak, who was responsible for funneling some US funding to the Wuhan lab.
The aim was to examine the origins of the pandemic, as well as “the economic, political, social, human and other costs of the pandemic borne by the United States; and whether the People’s Republic of China or the Chinese Communist Party have used the pandemic to advance their own economic, geopolitical, military or territorial agendas.”
This week, former President Trump said new questions about the Wuhan Institute of Virology confirmed its stance from last year by pointing the finger at China and its role in the rise of COVID-19. He said the country must pay ten trillion dollars for the damage it has caused
Three staff members at the Wuhan Institute of Virology are said to have sought medical attention for COVID-like symptoms in November 2019, adding to growing speculation that the virus that escaped from the facility was causing a pandemic
But it was killed by the president’s economic advisers, who feared it would sever already tense relations with China, and feared it would look like a partisan move so close to an election.
Navarro said the decision was a mistake. “They’re all Chinese apologists,” he said.
He assigned the director of the National Economic Council for a special debt.
“Kudlow is just stupid, stupid. You can quote me on that,’ he said.
“That was the biggest heartbreak of my four years in the White House. I have worked very hard to bring that commission into existence.
“We had a presidential commission on Pearl Harbor, on the BP oil spill, and on the Kennedy assassination. We also need it for the origin of the coronavirus.’
The scientific, political and media consensus that the virus arose spontaneously has faltered in recent weeks.
President Joe Biden ordered the intelligence community to look again at its origin, as a string of leading scientists said they could no longer be sure it had passed from an animal host to humans.
At the same time, the release of thousands of Fauci’s emails has prompted his conservative critics to step up their attacks.
The new book provides more support for the once-marginal idea that the virus could be the result of a military program.
It reveals that an internal report from the State Department has raised questions about whether China began researching a vaccine before the outbreak.
Patent applications for an antiviral treatment filed on January 19, 2020 and a virus patent filed on February 24, raised questions.
“Filing a patent requires lengthy documentation, clinical statistics and international national legal advice,” the report said.
“Normally it would take months or even years to prepare and prepare the application, rather than a few days.”