Trump’s ex-chief of staff Mark Meadows criticizes Fauci for squinting when investigating Wuhan lab leak
Ex-Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows accuses Fauci of turning a blind eye to Wuhan lab leak probe: ‘It’s time we held him accountable’
- Meadows claims Fauci ignored the idea of investigating whether a leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology triggered the COVID outbreak
- Says Fauci had likely reason to investigate but ‘looked the other way’
- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul also accuses Fauci of funding possible creation of the virus
- Paul and Fauci have found themselves in multiple public exchanges when it comes to the origins and treatment of the coronavirus pandemic
Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows accused Dr. Anthony Fauci during an interview with Fox on Thursday of ignoring requests to investigate a possible leak in a Wuhan lab that could be linked to the 2019 coronavirus outbreak.
“He put out more press releases than he signed checks to find out where this virus started,” Meadows told the paper. cable network.
‘Dr. Fauci not only had reason to look that it was a leak in the lab, but he looked the other way. You know, it’s time we hold him accountable,” Meadows told Fox News Primetime.
Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows (left) said Dr. Anthony Fauci turned a blind eye to the possible rise of Covid-19 from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Fauci has refuted such claims
Mark Meadows and other Trump supporters suspect a leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology could have led to the coronavirus outbreak
This is not the first time Fauci has received allegations about the alleged origins of COVID-19 at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Earlier this week, Senator Rand polled Paul Fauci a few times about job gain — and the US indirectly funding that research in China. The theory has emerged in conservative circles as a possible answer to the origins of COVID-19.
Last month, the Kentucky Republican also accused Fauci of lying and demanded that he be fired after a large number of his emails were made public.
Paul alleged to Fox News in early June that thousands of emails revealed by Buzzfeed News and the Washington Post showed that Fauci may have been partially responsible for the development of COVID-19.
The emails show that Fauci was personally warned about the possibility that the origin of COVID-19 was due to a lab leak in Wuhan — though he publicly rejected the ideas and allowed Democrats to call it a conspiracy.
The email disclosure didn’t show Fauci’s personal take on the theory.
Fauci lashed out at Paul during a Senate hearing on Tuesday when he accused the Kentucky Republican of being a “liar” who “don’t know what you’re talking about” when it comes to the origins of COVID and job gain research.
Fauci got quite animated during the exchange, pointing his fingers at Paul for being a ‘liar’
Paul pointed back with his pencil, insisting that the evidence shows funding from the National Institute of Health went to the Wuhan lab, which he claims then used that money to research how a bat coronavirus is transmissible to humans. and can be made more contagious and deadly
Fauci’s email leak in early June revealed that the National Institute of Health was warned several times in January, February and April 2020 by various experts that COVID-19 was likely the result of testing at the Wuhan lab in China.
On April 18, 2020, Fauci received an email from the head of a research group working with WIV. In the email, the person thanked Fauci or publicly insisted that evidence does not point to the lab as the source.
As more and more evidence was revealed in June to support the lab leak theory, Fauci finally decided to say the origin is likely a natural phenomenon, moving from an animal reservoir to a human.
In an interview with CNN, Fauci said he’s “open to it that it could be a lab leak,” but dismissed the idea of bioengineering as “far off.”
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.”