Amid new controversy following the release of emails from Dr. Anthony Fauci dating back to the earliest days of the pandemic, former President Donald Trump has unleashed his candid thoughts on the origin of COVID-19 and called on China to pay massive restitution for its role in facilitating the global devastation, as The Blaze reports.
As mainstream media outlets and big tech giants have been forced to recant their longstanding, vociferous dismissals of those interested in investigating the possibility that COVID-19 may have originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a cache of emails from the ubiquitous Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has received intense interest and scrutiny this week.
Among those messages garnering significant attention is an exchange Fauci had with researcher Kristian G. Andersen discussing the idea that the virus had been “engineered,” received at a time when the former was publicly attempting to downplay the idea, as the New York Post noted.
Of further note was an email Fauci received from Peter Daszak, leader of a nonprofit group – EcoHeath Alliance — that used a federal grant to fund research at the Wuhan lab, in which the latter was personally thanked for expressing support for the “natural origin” theory of transmission which claimed that the virus stemmed from bats.
In response to these revelations, Trump issued a statement saying, “Now everyone, even the so-called ‘enemy,’ are beginning to say that President Trump was right about the China Virus coming from the Wuhan Lab,” adding, “The correspondence between Dr. Fauci and China speaks too loudly for anyone to ignore. China should pay Ten Trillion Dollars to America, and the World, for the death and destruction they have caused!”
A separate statement disseminated by Trump’s office also took aim at Fauci for a series of positions the doctor took during the course of the pandemic, some of which contradicted his own. “After seeing the emails, our Country is fortunate I didn’t do what Dr. Fauci wanted me to do,” Trump declared.
Pointing to Fauci’s opposition to closing the border to Chinese travelers early on in the crisis, his shifting advice regarding masks, and his alleged skepticism concerning the speed at which vaccines could be produced, Trump opined, “There are a lot of questions that must be answered by Dr. Fauci.”
Trump continued, “The funding of Wuhan by the U.S. was foolishly started by the Obama Administration in 2014 but ended under the Trump Administration. When I heard about it, I said, ‘no way.’ What did Dr. Fauci know about ‘gain of function’ research, and when did he know it,” referencing the doctor’s recent denial that the U.S. government provided grants for work designed to intentionally enhance transmissibility and virulence of pathogens.
Now that a number of House Republicans are seeking to compel Dr. Fauci to testify before Congress and provide unredacted versions of his controversial emails, there is at least some hope that the American public may receive an answer to that key question and many others sooner rather than later.